Ricin suspect's Facebook claims fail to match education records

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 10:15 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- KREM 2 News uncovered new details Thursday about the Browne’s Addition man who was arrested and accused of sending ricin laced letters in the mail.

Authorities arrested Matthew Ryan Buquet, 37, on Wednesday. He was immediately charged with one count of mailing a threatening communication. Court documents stated that the letters were postmarked in Spokane. One letter was addressed to the post office. The other was addressed to Judge Fred Van Sickle who works in the adjacent federal building according to the documents.

Buquet pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.

Spokane police confirmed that Buquet was also a registered level two sex offender. Buquet was convicted of indecent liberties involving a 10-year-old girl. He pleaded guilty in November of 1998 and served 18 months. He was released November 14th, 1999.

Buquet listed two current jobs and three different schools on his Facebook account. However, KREM 2 News found out that only some of the places he said he worked and studied at are saying that is true.

One of the jobs listed is with ABM Janitorial Services, a company that contracts with the other businesses to clean their offices. Buquet claimed on Facebook that he is currently employed there and has worked for ABM since 1999. Yet, company leaders had this to say: 

"The individual in question has not been employed by our company for more than a month, long before these letters were reportedly postmarked. We are cooperating with the authorities and, given that this is a pending case, at this point we would refer you to them with further questions on this matter."

The other company Buquet listed on Facebook is called Precision Blasting Services. KREM 2 News was unable to get in touch with that company.

As for his education, Buquet said he was part of the 1998 class at ITT in Spokane Valley. He claimed to have studied electrical engineering technology for an Associates Degree according to his Facebook.
Although leaders at ITT told KREM 2 News that they have no record of Buquet attending the facility here or any others in the country.

Spokane Falls Community College did confirm he was a student in 1996, but could not tell KREM 2 News anything more about his time there.      

Buquet also listed an alternative high school now called the Community School in Northwest Spokane on his Facebook Page. Leaders with the Spokane Public School District said he did not graduate but records show he was enrolled as a senior there   

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