Minnesota man pleads guilty to anthrax hoax

Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office have announced that a Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to mailing an envelope containing white powder to Dow Jones & Co..

Richard Valentine Kozak, of Long Lake, Minn., pleaded guilty Friday to one count of false information and hoaxes.

Kozak admitted to sending white powder, along with an obscene note, to a Dow Jones facility in Massachusetts last May, according to the Associated Press.

Kozak was originally indicted in September with one count of false information and hoaxes. At that time, he stated that it was his intent to convey false or misleading information regarding biological weapons.

The powder, which was later determined to be flour, spilled on several employees. Hazmat teams spent as long as four hours trying to determine what the substance was.

Kozak’s actions were apparently in response to a magazine offer he had received from the company. His return note purportedly requested, among other things, that he be removed from the company’s mailing list.

Kovak will now face up to five years in prison for the charge. A U.S. Attorney spokesman told the Associated Press that sentencing for Kavak will be determined at a later date and time.