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Woman convicted of mailing white powder to Sen. Collins

November 4, 2019

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a woman of mailing a letter containing powder to the Maine home of Republican Sen. Susan Collins.

Suzanne Muscara, of Burlington, Maine, was convicted Monday of mailing a threatening communication. She will be sentenced later.

Prosecutors say the letter contained white powder, a reference to anthrax and a stick figure with the letter “X″ for eyes.

The episode came in October 2018, two days after Collins’ husband opened a letter claiming to contain ricin.

Postal screeners began inspecting Collins’ letters and intercepted Muscara’s letter before it reached Collins’ home in Bangor.

Muscara was identified by a fingerprint. She denied that the letter constituted a threat and told investigators she didn’t think it would be taken seriously.