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Dutchess County man arrested in connection to suspicious letters sent to Binghamton offices

(WBNG) — An arrest has been made in connection to envelopes containing a suspicious powder being mailed to federal offices including in Binghamton.

Jason Pantone, 34, of Hyde Park was arrested. The Dutchess County man is accused of mailing envelopes containing white powder to locations in New York and Connecticut. Those include two incidents in Binghamton.

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According to a press release from the Department of Justice, each envelope contained suspicious white powder with a note saying the powder was dangerous or intended to cause harm. The release says in February Pantone mailed the envelopes. All the envelopes contained a typed note, saying “ANTHRAX.”

The release says all samples of the white powder have not contained hazardous material.

Envelopes were also mailed to offices in Plattsburgh, Utica, West Nyack, and White Plains in New York, along with Hartford and Torrington in Connecticut.

Pantone is charged with conveying false information and hoax. He was arrested on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the press release, Pantone faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, and the New York State Police.

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