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Northeastern Reality Lab Manager Charged With Staging Explosion

Added 10-04-22 11:49:02am EST - “Jason Duhaime, who claimed he was injured by an explosive device that was sent to him last month with a threatening note, has been charged with fabricating the entire thing.” - Thedailybeast.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thedailybeast.com: “Northeastern Lab Manager Charged With Staging Zuckerberg-Inspired Explosion”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Jason Duhaime, who claimed he was injured by an explosive device that was sent to him last month with a threatening note, has been charged with fabricating the entire thing.

A lab manager at Northeastern University who claimed he was injured by an explosive device that was sent to him last month with a threatening note has been arrested on charges that he fabricated the entire thing, according to a newly unsealed federal complaint.

Jason Duhaime, 45, was taken into custody in Texas on Tuesday by the FBI and is charged with conveying false information related to an explosive device, and making materially false and fictitious statements to the federal government. Duhaime, the new technology manager and director of Northeastern’s Immersive Media Lab, formally lives in Texas but sleeps in his office or the lab while in Massachusetts, according to the complaint.

Duhaime told investigators that the explosive, which he claimed came in on Sept. 12, was inside a hard-shell Pelican case, and that a “violent” letter was inside, the complaint against him states. He and a student brought it up to the lab from the mail area the next day, along with a second, identical case, it says.

“I popped it—the latches—and then I started to open it up,” Duhaime said during an interview with a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism task Force, according to the complaint. “And then I don’t know how much it was open, but all this freakin’ air, pressure, shit came flying out, like, and these little things—I felt them. I didn’t necessarily see them ‘cause it was dark, but they were, they hit me.”

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