Alabama man indicted for anthrax hoax

A 71-year-old Alabama man was indicted this week by a federal grand jury for mailing hoax anthrax letters to offices in Alabama, Nebraska and Washington D.C.

Donald Perry Parks, of Toney, Ala., was indicted on three counts of mailing hoax anthrax letters, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance told the Associated Press. Vance said that Parks allegedly mailed hoax anthrax letters to the Alabama Republican Party's Homewood office in September.

According to Vance, Parks was also charged with mailing hoax anthrax letters to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C., and the Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company in Omaha, Neb.

“When people receive or handle these letters that contain powder, they are put in fear for their lives or their health, and the emergency response to each letter costs taxpayers thousands of dollars,” Vance told the AP.

The maximum sentence for each count of sending hoax anthrax letters is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each mailing.

Peggy Sanford, a spokeswoman with Vance’s office, told the AP that in addition to the white powder, each letter also included a typewritten note describing the mailing as a "Koran Puffie.”

Sanford told the AP that internet searches of the term “Koran Puffie” lead to posts by a man identified as Don Parks on a website called, which dubs itself the “Home of the Patriotic Resistance.”

Sanford said the this poster makes references to a Democratic plot to halt the Nov. 2 elections and links to a blog called “Puffie Warning.”