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Former Warren auditor sentenced to prison for white powder hoax

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Former Warren City Auditor Anthony Natale was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for sending an envelope filled with white powder to a Boardman business where he had been fired.

The 37-year-old Warren resident appeared in U.S. District Court on Thursday where a judge also ordered him to pay $9,834.13 to the company he victimized, and $14,361.90 to the first responders.

He will also serve three years of probation and pay a $100 special assessment.

Natale pleaded guilty earlier to one count of conveying false information related to the use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Investigators say the 37-year-old Warren resident sent an envelope containing the powder to American Business Center in November 2014, causing the Boardman Township business to evacuate and shut down for two days.

The powder, which turned out to be harmless, was accompanied by a letter that had been sent to Natale notifying him of his health care options following his dismissal from ABC the previous month.

Natale's attorney, Gerald Ingram had filed a sentencing memorandum with the court claiming that his client suffers from significant mental and emotional conditions. He had asked judge to sentence his client to probation or house arrest, instead of sending him to prison.

Natale ran unopposed for auditor last year, took office in January, and then resigned the position in June before pleading guilty.

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