April 22, 2018
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Iraqi national charged with Internet stalking of Maine student who was former med school classmate

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A Pennsylvania man accused of using the Internet to harass and intimidate a Canadian woman studying in Maine has been arrested in North Carolina.

Makwan Jaff, 35, an Iraqi national, was charged in U.S. District Court in Portland with stalking, according to information posted on the court system’s website. A warrant was issued for his arrest June 27.

He was arrested Monday and appeared before a judge in Charlotte, North Carolina, the same day. Jaff’s email address was traced to an address in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

The circumstances of his arrest were not included in court documents.

The alleged incidents that led to the charges began in 2013 when Jaff and his alleged victim both attended the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis, according to the affidavit filed in federal court in Portland. Formerly known as Saint Christopher Island, the Federation of Saints Kitts and Nevis is located in the West Indies.

Jaff now attends Windsor University School of Medicine, which also is located in Basseterre. He was expelled from UMHS, the affidavit said.

The 25-year-old woman is a South African national whose legal residence is in Canada, the affidavit said. She has been spending a semester in Scarborough since May 6 with her medical class.

In September, Jaff allegedly told the woman in person that he loved her, according to the affidavit. She never saw him again but on Feb. 11, he began sending her daily harassing and threatening messages.

Since arriving in Maine, the woman has continued to receive the messages, the affidavit said. In June, he threatened to come to Maine and threatened to harm her family in Canada.

“Just wait and see what comes at you sometimes next week,” he allegedly wrote on June 25. “I promise you will be crying in fetus position!”

Jaff is being held without bail in North Carolina. A detention hearing to determine if he will be released on bail is scheduled to be held Thursday.

His first appearance in Maine is not expected to be scheduled until after the hearing.

If convicted, Jaff faces up to five years in federal prison and fine of up to $250,000.


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