Florida woman indicted for anthrax hoaxes

A Florida woman faces a possible sentence of 45 years in a federal prison for allegedly mailing anthrax hoax letters.

U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill recently announced that an indicted has been unsealed charging Kathryn Cohen Allen of Jasper, Florida, with nine counts of mailing the threatening letters.

Allen is accused of mailing envelopes containing a letter and a white, powdery substance to the offices of Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

She also allegedly sent similar letters to the Hamilton County Correctional Institution, the Hamilton County Health Department, the Hamilton County Tax Collector’s Office, the Florida Department of Children and Family Services, and to three private citizens.

In all of the instances, both field and laboratory testing proved the white powder to be harmless.

Allen was recently arrested in Hamilton County, Florida, and is scheduled to make an appearance in a Jacksonville federal court.

The FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office participated in the investigation that eventually led to charges being filed against Allen.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Taylor.

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