17 August – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Ac…

17 August – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael S. Clemens, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, announced today the Indictment by a Miami federal grand jury of defendant, Michelle Ledgister for making a hoax Anthrax threat to the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office.

Ledgister, a Maryland resident, was employed at the National Institute of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland, at the time she made the threat. The Indictment charges Ledgister with a felony violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1038(a)(1), for leaving a hoax telephone message for an employee of the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office threatening the use of Anthrax. Title 18, United States Code, Section 1038 (a)(1) makes it a federal offense to convey false information to another regarding their exposure to the biological agent Anthrax. If convicted, Ledgister faces up to five (5) years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. She would also be required to reimburse local Broward County authorities for any expenses they incurred in responding and investigating the threat.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, in particular the members of the HAZMAT unit. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William White and Department of Justice Trial Attorney Brenda Sue Thornton.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on .

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