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Man jailed for sending powder-laced letters to banks
June 4, 2009 / 7:49 PM / 8 years ago

Man jailed for sending powder-laced letters to banks

DALLAS, June 4 (Reuters) - A man who sent more than 60 threatening letters, all but one laced with white powder, to banks and federal offices last year was sentenced on Thursday to nearly four years in prison.

A federal court in Amarillo, Texas, also ordered Richard Goyette, 47, to pay a $5,000 fine and $87,734.40 in restitution to law enforcement agencies, the Justice department said. He was arrested in February and had been in custody since then.

“Richard Goyette’s 46-month sentence should serve as a warning to those who intend to misuse the U.S. Mails,” said Randall C. Till, Inspector in Charge at the Fort Worth division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Investigators had said Goyette had sent an e-mail on Sept. 26 last year saying he had lost $63,525 on his stock in Washington Mutual Bank which was seized by U.S. banking regulators and sold to JP Morgan Chase and Co.

The 65 letters were mailed postmarked from Amarillo, Texas, on Oct. 18, 2008.

Sixty-four of the 65 letters contained an unidentified white powder. The letters also said that the person breathing the powder would die within 10 days. Tests found no traces of dangerous materials.

The letter to JP Morgan Chase & Company did not contain the white powder but threatened “McVeighing of your corporate headquarters within six months”-- a reference to the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. (Reporting by Ed Stoddard, editing by Jackie Frank)

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