Death Threats Lead to former NPC Athlete Arrest
NPC & UFE Bikini Competitor Tammy Steffen arrested after FBI investigation into her numerous death threats sent to other competitors. "The FBI became interested in Steffen long before her July arrest. Between August 2016 and July 2018, "Steffen engaged in a course of conduct with the intent to harass or intimidate six victims," according to Steffen's plea agreement released Friday."
Florida Bodybuilder Mom Sent Death Threats To Rivals
In a bizarre case, a 36-year-old Holiday mother and bodybuilder has pleaded guilty to sending death threats to competitors.
By D'Ann Lawrence White, Patch Staff | Dec 23, 2018
HOLIDAY, FL — In the latest twist in a bizarre case that has attracted national attention, a 36-year-old Holiday mother and bodybuilder has pleaded guilty to sending death threats to her competitors, including a former boss. U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez said Friday that Tammy Marie Steffen pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking and one count of sending threatening communications online. Steffen faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for each count.
More Charges For Bodybuilding Mom
Shortly after Steffen's arrest, the Pasco County Sheriff announced that Steffen was facing additional charges of witness tampering for trying to convince her daughter to accept blame for filing a false kidnapping report.
Steffen called her daughter from the Land O' Lakes Detention Center on July 20 at 10:30 a.m. and instructed her to tell her father that the fake kidnapping plot was the daughter's idea, and that the daughter had supplied Steffen with money to buy the laptop case and notebook at Walmart.
In a second phone call, about an hour later, Steffen again encouraged her daughter to take responsibility for the kidnapping plot, saying, "You won't get in trouble, but I will." Steffen told her daughter that she would be charged with child neglect and wouldn't be able to see her.
When confronted about the phone calls, Steffen claimed she was simply giving her daughter permission to tell the truth and was not trying to manipulate the girl.
Case Grows More Bizarre
Beaman said the more detectives investigated the case, the stranger it became.
"There's more going on, probably, than we realize," he said.
His words proved prophetic.
Detectives found an earlier complaint from Steffen who called the Pasco Sheriff's Office to report a headless doll being placed on her front porch with a note that read: "New toy for the kids."
Detectives now say Steffen plotted with a friend on July 9 to place the headless doll on her own porch in an attempt to frame her ex-boss. When deputies failed to take her complaint seriously, she staged the attempted kidnapping.
The FBI became interested in Steffen long before her July arrest.
Between August 2016 and July 2018, "Steffen engaged in a course of conduct with the intent to harass or intimidate six victims," according to Steffen's plea agreement released Friday.
The FBI launched its investigation months before Steffen's arrest on the false attempted kidnapping charge. The complaint said she cyberstalked, harassed and threatened several of her former colleagues and associates through repeated emails, phone calls, text messages and social media messages from numerous phone numbers and accounts.
To date, the FBI has identified at least 369 Instagram accounts and 18 email accounts that Steffen created and used to send messages to her victims who "viewed the messages as true threats and suffered substantial emotional distress," the plea agreement said.
Victims are listed in court documents only by their initials: K.B., K.M. L.L., S.T., R.C. and M.X.
K.B., also a bodybuilding competitor, lives in Collier County. K.B. received 327 harassing Instagram messages and 129 emails from Steffen's known personal email accounts and 19 messages to K.B.'s business website.
To K.B: "Did you know you can put dog sh*t, egg property and so much more. Did you know it's not a crime at all LOL. Do not want you shocked at the laws as the next phase happens. Once put acid on a girls car with my ex-bestie melted that bitch to the group. right in a high school parking lot. You might know who it is but try to stop me. The wonderful thing is I know the laws. I can move around like always. You are not very smart. I sat in front of a judge with a smile on my face. He looked and said you are very bad. I just laughed. You picked the wrong path here. I feel for you but don't say I didn't warn you."
Another message to K.B. read:
"Time is up! You will reap Everything you have coming. I warned YOU. My full time job. Never try to contact me to settle this. That has passed. I am only sorry for all in your life. Let it spread like a wild fire. Bye b*tch. Even when you beg will I show no mercy."
Then there was this short, cryptic message to K.B. on July 8.
"You will die by my hands. You had you [sic]chance."