An actor who’s known for his work on the HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley” was arrested Monday night for what officials say was a fake bomb threat.
CNN reports that T.J. Miller, who played Erlich Bachman on the first four seasons of the HBO show, faces a federal charge after allegedly calling in a fake bomb threat from an Amtrak train. He was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York.
“The 36-year-old actor is accused of ‘intentionally conveying to law enforcement false information about an explosive device,'” CNN reports. “He appeared before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven, Connecticut on Tuesday and was released on a $100,000 bond.”
The charge reportedly carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
“According [to] a Department of Justice press release, Miller called a 911 dispatcher in New Jersey on March 18 and reported that he was on Amtrak Train 2256 traveling from Washington, D.C., toward Penn Station in New York City with a female passenger, who, he said, had a ‘bomb in her bag,'” CNN reports. “Amtrak officials stopped Train 2256 at Green’s Farms Station in Westport, Connecticut. Passengers were told to detrain before bomb squad members boarded and searched the train.”
Officials said no evidence of explosives was found.
“An investigator then called Miller back, according to the DOJ press release, and he gave a different description of the woman,” the story reports. “Miller is alleged to have also claimed the woman ‘kept checking her bag without taking anything out; kept asking the first-class attendant what the next stop was, and seemed to want to get off the train and leave her bag behind.'”
CNN adds: “Miller was found to actually have been traveling on Amtrak Train 2258, not 2256, and that train was also searched and found to have no explosive device, according to authorities.”