Kansas Man Pleads Guilty to Making Anthrax Claim

By: AP
By: AP

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ An Overland Park man has pleaded guilty
to mailing the Internal Revenue Service a white powder he claimed
was anthrax.

Forty-seven-year-old John Philip Barker pleaded guilty to one count of mailing a threatening communication. The U.S. attorney's office said today that Barker admitted that on June 21, 2008, he mailed a letter to the IRS in Austin, Texas. The letter said: ``YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO ANTRAX DIE!''

Authorities determined the letter did not contain anthrax.

Investigators retraced the letter's path to an Automated Postal Center in Shawnee, Kan., where Barker paid for postage. They arrested Barker, who said the envelope contained baby powder.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 10. Barker faces up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.


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