Man Pleads Guilty to Anthrax Threats

Tuesday, May 18, 2010  |  Updated 3:00 PM PDT
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Man Pleads Guilty to Anthrax Threats

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According to a plea agreement, 62-year-old Timothy Cloud admitted that he sent hoax mailings addressed to Social Security Administration offices that contained a white powdery substance and an index card with the words "you stole my money" and "die."

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A transient pleaded guilty Monday in Sacramento to sending anthrax-hoax letters, threatening President Barack Obama and failing to register as a sex offender.

According to a plea agreement, 62-year-old Timothy Cloud admitted that he sent hoax mailings addressed to Social Security Administration offices that contained a white powdery substance and an index card with the words "you stole my money" and "die."

As a result of the mailing to the New York Social Security office, 25 to 30 employees were evacuated, and four were quarantined, federal officials said.

Cloud also admitted to making threats against the president. The letter to Obama contained a white powder to simulate anthrax, prosecutors said.

Cloud also admitted that, by virtue of a conviction in Texas, he was required to register as a sex offender in California and that he did not do so.

Cloud is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 2.

Cloud faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for sending hoax mailings and making threats to the president. For failing to register as a sex offender, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the federal sentencing guidelines.

This article originally appeared on KCRA.com

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