FBI: Hudson Valley Man Sent Threatening Powder-Filled Envelopes
A Hudson Valley man is accused of sending threatening powder-filled envelopes to federal officials in the local area and across two states.
On Wednesday, Jason Panton, 34, of Hyde Park was charged in a criminal complaint with mailing envelopes containing suspicious white powder to federal offices in New York and Connecticut.
Beginning in February, Pantone is accused of using the U.S. mail to send envelopes containing white power to locations in New York and Connecticut. Each envelope contained suspicious white powder and a note indicating, or implying, that the powder was dangerous or intended to cause harm, officials say.
The complaint alleges Pantone mailed envelopes addressed to the Social Security Administration Offices in the towns and cities of Plattsburgh, Binghamton, Utica, West Nyack, White Plains, New York, as well as offices in Hartford and Torrington, Connecticut. The complaint also alleges that additional letters were addressed to United States District Court offices in Syracuse, Binghamton, Albany, Plattsburgh, and Utica. All the envelopes contained a typed note, which said “ANTHRAX.”
Pantone was charged with conveying false information and hoax. He faces up to five years in jail if found guilty.
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