Man charged with fake anthrax mail scare in Milwaukee

CREATED May 7, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - A man from Milwaukee faces a charge connected to a fake Anthrax threat made through the U.S. mail.

David Bustamante, 28, faces a charge of threatening to release a harmful substance.

If he is convicted, he faces up to three years and six months in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, Bustamante allegedly posted a YouTube video where he went to mail a letter at a mailbox on Milwaukee's east side.

He allegedly mentioned an Anthrax scare that had been made in the past towards Aimes Research Laboratory.

The video apparently shows him placing the letter on the lip of the mailbox as he discussed President Obama and, according to the criminal complaint, "being Jesus Christ."

He then talked about "satanic (expletive)" before allegedly saying " 'sorry, guys, Anthrax on the way.' "

The complaint says Bustamante's Facebook page showed a post saying " 'right now' there is a letter address to the Wisconsin Unemployment Office laced with Anthrax outside" an area near his home.

Milwaukee Police then came to the location to secure the area, closed off Knapp Street and restricted access to people who live in that vicinity.

According to the complaint, police found the letter and gave it to the U.S. Postal Service.

The complaint also says a postal service special agent checked the letter and did not have Anthrax.  That mailing, according to the complaint, had a Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development questionnaire with Bustamante's signature on it.