Man charged for sending 50 anthrax hoax and bomb threat letters

Federal authorities have announced that a man has been charged with sending more than 50 anthrax hoax and bomb threat letters to government officials and buildings.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice told CNN that a complaint charging Roland Prejean of Thomaston, Conn., was unsealed this week.

Prejean was charged with mailing threatening communications and with making threats through the mail to kill, injure or intimidate a person, or to damage or destroy any building by means of an explosive.

David Fein, the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, told CNN that Prejean has been in custody since he surrendered to authorities in North Dakota on September 7.

“This defendant is alleged to have sent more than 50 letters nationwide, in which he threatened to kill numerous victims, by shooting them, bombing the buildings in which they work or exposing them to a substance that he claimed was, but was not, anthrax,” Fein told CNN.

Prejean allegedly began writing the letters in early September. Recipients included a private individual, a Connecticut probation officer and a Connecticut Superior Court judge, authorities said.

Prejean also allegedly threatened to kill several people, including a postal carrier, judges in Utah and Connecticut, several people at a Connecticut hospital and an old roommate. He also mailed a threatening letter to the Thomaston Post Office. According to officials, Prejean mailed the letters while on a cross-country drive from Connecticut to North Dakota.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on each charge.