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Man is indicted in anthrax hoaxes

November 14, 2008|Associated Press

A federal grand jury indicted a Sacramento man Thursday on 13 charges related to a series of anthrax scares across the country that turned out to be hoaxes.

Marc Keyser, 66, was indicted on 10 counts of hoax mailings and three counts of mailing threatening communications. He has yet to enter a plea and remains free on $25,000 bond.

Keyser was arrested Oct. 29 after several newspapers, other media outlets, businesses and a congressman received threatening packages in the mail.

Reached Thursday at his home, Keyser said he believes the nation has become lax about the threat of terrorism and said the mailings were "an act of conscience."

"I feel we are just as unprepared and vulnerable as ever. The nation is in a state of denial," Keyser said in a telephone interview. "I have taken a stand. I have warned the nation."

Twelve of the charges each carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison. The remaining charge carries a possible 10-year prison term.

-- Associated Press

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