Richard Hornsby, chief operating officer of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, was charged with threatening to injure or kidnap a person following alleged remarks made to former agency Director Ed Demarco last week, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
Court records indicated that Hornsby, 58, was charged with one felony count on April 30 and issued a “do not assault, threaten, harass or stalk” order for his alleged comments.
Hornsby allegedly threatened to shoot DeMarco after making “increasing threatening comments” about him over the course of several weeks, according to court records and a Metropolitan Police Department report referenced by WSJ.
An FHFA official not named in the court reports recalled Hornsby had threatened to harm DeMarco and to kill himself.
The unnamed individual also told the FHFA inspector general that threats against DeMarco stemmed from disputes about Hornsby’s job performance ratings.
Hornsby was also ordered to “stay away” from FHFA’s Washington offices as part of the “do not assault, threaten, hares or stalk” order issued by Judge Karen Howze.
An email sent Wednesday to FHFA employees noted that Eric Stein, a former Treasury Department official, would assume Hornsby’s duties.
A follow-up hearing is scheduled for May 14.
Written by Jason Oliva