Hayward man gets jail for phone harassment of police

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OAKLAND — A man with a history of hundreds of obscene calls to law enforcment agencies was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison, a U.S. Justice Department spokesman said Thursday.

U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton sentenced Sammy Sultan, 44, of Hayward, after he entered a guilty plea Dec. 13, 2017, according to Acting United States Attorney Alex Tse and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John Bennett.

In his plea agreement, Sultan admitted to making calls from February 2015 to September 2017 to American, Canadian and British police departments, concealing his identity by using burner phones, voice-over-internet tools and number-spoofing services.

After asking to speak with a female officer or sergeant, Sultan carried out long conversations under pretense of being a threat to himself or others, spinning tales of mental-hospital esape and claims of firearms ownership and hostage custody.

On Nov. 21, 2017, Sultan was charged with a count of making obscene or harassing telephone calls, as well as a count of making threatening interstate communications that was dismissed after his guilty plea.

Judge Hamilton also ordered Sultan to serve a year of supervised release, enroll in a computer-monitoring program and participate in mental-health counseling.In custody since Sept. 12, 2017, […]

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