New Hampshire Man Gets Probation for Role in Harvard Bomb Threat

University Evacuated After Bitcoin Extortion Attempt

A New Hampshire man involved in a bomb threat and extortion scheme targeting Harvard University last year received a sentence of three years’ probation on Thursday.

Threats Caused Campus Evacuation and Hoax Device Detonation

William Giordani, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of concealing a federal felony, admitting he knew about the crime but did not report it. The original charge of making an extortionate bomb threat was dropped.

The incident, which occurred in April 2023, resulted in the evacuation of Harvard’s Science Center Plaza and surrounding buildings. A suspicious device later determined to be a hoax was also detonated in a controlled manner.

Reduced Sentence Reflects Cooperation and Potential Manipulation

While Giordani faced a potential sentence of up to three years in prison and a hefty fine, prosecutors recommended probation. This leniency stemmed from their belief that Giordani was manipulated into participating.

According to prosecutors, Giordani responded to a Craigslist ad that ultimately ensnared him in the plot. They further suggested his involvement might be linked to a drug habit and his ongoing commitment to recovery.

Giordani Attempted to Evade Authorities

Investigators revealed that Giordani attempted to avoid contact with police after they sought him out regarding the case. This behavior suggests an effort to conceal his role, particularly regarding the delivery of a bag linked to the extortion attempt.

Thankfully, the incident caused no injuries.