Transient pleads guilty to hoax mailings

A 62-year-old transient pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to sending letters to government offices that included a powder he purported to be anthrax.

Timothy Cloud also pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb in Sacramento to failing to register as a sex offender, the Modesto Bee reports.

The newspaper reports that Cloud admitted in a plea agreement that he sent hoax anthrax letters addressed to Social Security Administration offices to Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo., and New York. In the letters, he placed a powdery white substance and wrote threatening messages on index cards that included the words "you stole my money" and "die," according to the Modesto Bee.

The letters also threatened President Obama, according to the report.

Each office that received a letter resulted in local emergency crews responding to the incident and forcing quarantines of anyone who came in contact with the powdery substance contained in the letters.

Cloud will be sentenced in U.S. District Court on Aug. 2. He could be penalized with up to five years in prison and be fined up to $250,000 for mailing the hoax anthrax letters. For failing to register as a sex offender in California after leaving Texas, he faces up to 10 years in prison as well as up to a $250,000 fine, the Modest Bee reports.