A troubled Long Island businessman was held on $500 million bail yesterday after his arraignment on charges he made a death threat against Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, according to a published report.
Jack Geoghan, 45, allegedly threatened to shoot Cuomo on the Long Island Expressway, calling Cuomo's office to say that if he ever had "his head blow off with a 30.06, you'll know who did it," an official in the office told The New York Post.
In addition to the call, Geoghan sent at least one menacing e-mail to Cuomo's Web site threatening to kill the Attorney General, the official told the Post.
The official also said Geoghan's rage was directed at Cuomo's handling of mortgage-related fraud.
The Suffolk County DA had asked that the Bayport man be held without bail. Instead, Judge Patricia Filiberto ordered him held on a astounding $500 million bail. The suspect's father, however, thinks the bail was a bit extreme.
"He's your average guy; he's got a good education and is as smart as a whip," Geoghan's father told the Post. "As a son, he's been terrific."
The younger Geoghan has some children of his own – a 9-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son who is autistic. His father told the Post he's been struggling as of late, trying to recover from an addiction to alcohol and repair his broken marriage.
Despite the alleged threats, the elder Geoghan says there's no way his son would actually follow through on them.
"Guns and that stuff, that's not his thing," his father told the Post. "Not even close. He doesn't own a gun."
This isn't the first time a death threat has been leveled against Cuomo. The attorney general's security detail was ramped up last year after an alleged threat from the North American Man/Boy Love Association, and the Post reports it will be further enhanced because of the most recent incident.