Florida woman indicted for mailing hoax anthrax to Sens. Rubio, Nelson
U.S. Justice Department:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Kathryn Cohen Allen, 45, Jasper, Fla., was charged in an indictment unsealed today with nine counts of mailing hoax anthrax letters, announced U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida Robert E. O’Neill. If convicted on all counts, Allen faces a maximum penalty of 45 years in federal prison.
According to the indictment, between June 24, 2011, and June 28, 2011, Allen mailed threatening letters containing a white powdery substance to the offices of U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson. She also mailed similar letters to the Hamilton County, Fla., Correctional Institution, the Hamilton County Health Department, the Hamilton County Tax Collector’s Office, the Florida Department of Children and Family Services and to three private citizens. Field and laboratory testing determined that the white powdery substance was not hazardous.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Taylor.