Illinois man indicted for anthrax hoax

A man from Livingston, Illinois, was recently indicted for mailing a family in his hometown an envelope filled with a granular powder.

Gary James Smith was indicted in East Saint Louis, Illinois, by a federal grand jury. He was charged with mailing a threatening communication and making a false threat, according to

According to court documents, Smith sent the family a letter that contained the phrases, “Your hands are on fire,” “You have a decease (sic)” and “Go to the hospital now.”

The indictment did not contain a motive behind the alleged crime, nor did it explain any kind of connection Smith had with the family in question.

The trial has been set for May 10 in U.S. District Court in East Saint Louis. The alleged violations took place on June 19, 2010.

If convicted of the crime of mailing a threatening communication, Smith could face a prison term of up to 10 years, a $250,000 fine and a term of supervised release for up to three years, reports.

If convicted of making a false threat, Smith faces imprisonment for up to five years, a $250,000 fine and supervised release for up to three years.

U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wiggington told that the case was handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspector and the Illinois State Police.