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Brent Hansen pleads guilty to harassing insurer

4:45 PM, Aug 31, 2012   |    comments
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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A 49-year-old Florida man has pleaded guilty to making hundreds of harassing calls to employees at the Travelers Insurance Company.

Brent Hansen of Seminole, Fla., entered his plea Friday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport.

He is accused of leaving more than 260 anonymous voicemails, most of them to two employees of the Hartford-based company. Prosecutors say the messages accused the employees of being murderers, rapists and terrorists and often would include long periods of laughter and screaming.

Prosecutors say the FBI confronted Hansen in September 2011, and he agreed to stop the calls, but resumed making them a short time later.  He was arrested in July.

Hansen faces two years in prison when he is sentenced in October. It was not clear from court documents why Hansen targeted Travelers.

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