Federal judge in Washington sends letter hoaxer to Oregon to face charges

A federal judge in Washington state recently sent a man to Oregon to face charges for allegedly sending approximately 100 threatening letters containing a white powder to members of Congress and the media.

A federal indictment against Christopher Lee Carlson charged him with a single count of mailing a threatening communication to a member of Congress and another count of mailing a letter threatening to use a biological weapon to a U.S. senator, according to IVPressOnline.com.

Carlson faces a combined maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted of both offenses.

The white powder was tested in each case and was determined to be harmless, but the mailings triggered security alerts on Capitol Hill and among several media outlets.

The 39-year-old Carlson was recently arrested at his home in the Portland area. He allegedly sent the letters from a nearby location. Carlson appeared in court unshaven and wearing a white t-shirt and khaki pants. He acknowledged that he understood the charges against him and waived his right to an identity hearing, IVPressOnline.com reports.

No further proceedings have been scheduled in the case and the accused will stay in detention in Washington state until handed over to authorities in Oregon.

The letters began arriving at the offices of several lawmakers in February. In addition, media organizations such as the New York Times, "The Daily Show with John Stewart" and National Public Radio were targeted.