Woman Says She Staged Anthrax Hoax To Get Day Off

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 20-year-old Lakewood woman who admitted causing an anthrax scare said that she was on the verge of an emotional breakdown, and wanted a day off from work.

Mistie Kubit was sentenced on Tuesday to three years of probation and fined approximately $5,700. She pleaded guilty last month to inducing panic, and could have been sent to prison for 18 months.

Kubit admitted pouring powdered sugar on a box delivered to her office National City Bank Operations Center in Cleveland.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Eileen Gallagher also ordered Kubit to have a psychological evaluation.

Kubit's lawyer said that her client tried to see her doctor about her depression, but couldn't get an appointment.

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