Saturday, December 24, 2011

Who says romance is dead? Wife 'makes airline bomb threat to stop husband getting on a plane to see his mistress'

Woman accused of making false LAX bomb report strikes plea bargain

LOS ANGELES — A Southern California woman angry with her husband called in a bomb threat to prevent him from departing on a jetliner at Los Angeles International Airport, the FBI said. Johnna Woolfolk was charged by federal prosecutors on Tuesday with providing false and misleading information.

A Lynwood woman struck up a plea bargain for allegedly reporting that her husband was carrying a bomb aboard an AirTran Airways flight departing from Los Angeles International Airport, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Johanna Woolfolk is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 9 to plead guilty to charges of providing false and misleading information, according to Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.

The alleged hoax was set into motion when Woolfolk called an AirTran customer service representative and provided specific information about a man who was carrying a bomb aboard Flight 54, headed from LAX to Atlanta on Nov. 27, according to an affidavit signed by FBI Special Agent David Gates.

Authorities waited at the airline gate for the man, who said he was having "marital difficulties" with his wife, Gates wrote. The man explained that he was traveling to Atlanta for work, but his wife wanted him to stay so they could work out their differences.

The next day, Woolfolk admitted to making the false bomb threat after saying that she was "under stress" and had "marital difficulties" with her husband, Gates wrote.

She then broke out in tears after authorities replayed her conversation with the AirTran operator.

"She stated that she was not thinking, she did not want to hurt anyone and did not want to cause harm," Gates wrote.

Woolfolk's plea comes one month after a Lizet Sariol of Temple City woman was charged with fabricating a terrorist threat and providing false information.

Sariol, 45, allegedly claimed that a romantic partner and four other French travelers posed a terrorist threat aboard a U.S. Airways flight headed from LAX to Las Vegas on Sept. 25. She is scheduled to appear in court in February. 

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