Man Accused Of Faking Anthrax Letter

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) - An Elyria man is accused of sending a fake anthrax letter to himself. Daniel Johnston, 36, pleaded innocent Wednesday to a falsification charge.

Johnston was arrested Nov. 21 after Elyria police alleged he wrote a death threat letter, put it in an envelope with some flour and accused his former sister-in-law of sending it to him.

The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of $1,000 and six months in jail, according to Elyria police Lt. Daniel Jaykel.

Johnston filed a complaint with police on Nov. 14 saying he opened a letter from his former sister-in-law's address. He said that the letter was filled with white powder and a death threat written in sloppy handwriting.

Police sealed the envelope and sent it for testing, according to Jaykel.

"He thought if he could pull this scam, she would leave him alone and not bother him," Jaykel said.

Johnston was released on bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 7.

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