Federal grand jury hands down five count indictment for anthrax hoax

A federal grand jury in Bridgeport, Connecticut, returned a five count indictment this week against a man for delivering a bomb threat and for mailing threatening communications.

Roland Prejean, also known as Gary Joseph Gravelle, was indicted on four counts of mailing threatening communications, according to information released to TheDay.com by Connecticut U.S. Attorney David B. Fein. One of those four counts, Fein said, threatened federal employees.

The indictment alleges that Prejean mailed a letter to a Connecticut Superior Court judge that included a substance represented to be liquid anthrax, TheDay.com reports.

The indictment also alleges that Prejean sent threatening letters to a private individual and a probation officer in Connecticut.

Prejean also allegedly mailed a letter to the Thomaston post office claiming that he had planted a hidden bomb on a remote timer there. That letter, according to court documents, caused the evacuation of the Thomaston post office along with town hall and a nearby school. The post office was searched by local bomb technicians. No explosive or incendiary device was found, Fein told TheDay.com.

Prejean has been in custody since his Sept 7. arrest in North Dakota.

If convicted, Prejean will face a maximum term of 10 years in prison for making a bomb threat through the mail. He also faces up to 10 years for mailing a threatening communication to federal employees and up to five years for each of three counts of mailing a threatening communication.