Transient accused of anthrax hoax


A transient from Roseville and San Francisco accused of mailing anthrax hoax letters to federal offices has been indicted on 10 counts.

Timothy Cloud, 62, faces four counts of hoax mailings, four counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threatening the president, and one count of crossing state lines after failing to register as a sex offender.

Cloud is accused of sending envelopes to Social Security Administration offices in New York, Kansas City and Baltimore on Jan. 30. The U.S. attorney's office said the envelopes had a white powder inside and a card reading "you stole my money" and "die."

According to the U.S. attorney's office, the White House got a similar envelop with a newspaper picture of President Barack Obama that had crosshairs drawn over his face. The envelop also had the words "You are just another lying politision [sic]" with cross hairs between "not this time" and "maybe next time," authorities said.

Cloud is also accused of failing to register as a sex offender in California as part of his conviction in Texas. He was arrested last Thursday in San Francisco and is set for arraignment May 7.

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