Man charged with 7 hoax ‘swatting’ calls that brought police to same house, police say

A 35-year-old New Jersey man swatted Ramsey police seven times since June by leaving anonymous tips about made-up domestic disturbances, authorities said.

Vadim Pinskiy was arrested last week at his Fair Lawn home following a months-long investigation and charged by Ramsey police with seven counts of making false reports to law enforcement as well as one count each of harassment and stalking. Pinskiy knew the victims, though Ramsey police didn’t say how.

Pinskiy began his swatting spree in June when he sent an anonymous tip to the State Police’s Regional Operations Intelligence Center reporting a domestic disturbance involving possible violence at a home, Ramsey police said.

When cops arrived, the learned the tip was a hoax. Pinskiy provided six more tips to the Ramsey police department’s anonymous tip line about domestic disturbances at the same home since June, none of which proved to be accurate, police said.

Police eventually traced the IP address for the tips and obtained a search warrant, officials said

Under a tougher law passed in 2015, the crime is punishable by five to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.

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