Edmonton, Alberta – On Oct. 6, 2021, the Alberta RCMP received a report from Health Canada of threats that had been received via emails directed at an employee of the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as a number of other recipients.
Alberta RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) conducted an investigation into the threatening emails. This investigation was lengthy and involved a number of investigative steps that included interviews, a search warrant and forensic examination of digital evidence by the RCMP’s Digital Forensic Services. This investigation led to the discovery of hundreds of emails—a number of which were identified as threatening in nature. The emails had been sent between Nov. 12, 2020, and Oct. 13, 2021, to approximately 50 recipients that included members of the Alberta Legislative Assembly, Public Health Agency of Canada and a number of news media outlets.
As a result of Alberta RCMP INSET’s investigation, Maria Galbova (41) of Edmonton is charged with:
· Uttering threats (x3)
· Harassing communications (x3)
· Intimidation of a Justice Participant (x2)
These charges relate to the threatening emails directed at members of the Alberta Legislative Assembly and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Galbova is scheduled to attend Edmonton Provincial Court on May 9, 2022.
As this matter is now before the courts, no further details can be provided.
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