Elected Ohio city auditor charged in threat to ex-employer

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an elected Northeast Ohio city auditor has been indicted in federal court for sending his former employer an envelope containing white powder in November 2014.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland announced Wednesday that 37-year-old Anthony Natale (NAY-tuhl) is charged with conveying false information related to use of a weapon of mass destruction. Natale took office as Warren city auditor in January.

An FBI affidavit says an envelope containing health insurance documents for Natale and white powder was mailed to a Youngstown area copying machine business that had fired Natale the previous month. The business was evacuated and a hazardous materials team responded. Tests showed the powder was harmless.

Court records don’t indicate if Natale has an attorney. A message left at his city office wasn’t immediately returned.

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