Rochester-area man admits to lying to FBI in New Zealand mosque shooting investigation

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GREECE, NY (WROC) — The Greece man facing charges after federal authorities investigated a white supremacist group has admitted to lying to FBI agents.

Thomas Alonzo Bolin, who went by the name Peter Vincent online, pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

Bolin was arrested in the weeks after the shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. FBI agents say Bolin was questioned after a Facebook user made comments to a white supremacist group called “Odin’s Warriors” indicating they were willing to “do something” after the terror attacks.

Bolin, who prosecutors say was an administrator of the group, was questioned following the post. When asked if he owned a gun, FBI agents say Bolin said he didn’t. But a search of his apartment found he had a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun in his bedroom closet at a home on Third Avenue in Greece.

Agents found Bolin had also posted photos of him holding the gun to Facebook prior to the questioning.

He now faces up to five years in prison.

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