Press Release

NASA OIG: California Man Charged in Anthrax Hoax

By SpaceRef Editor
December 16, 2001
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On December 7, 2001, Hebert Stacy Kaplan, of Woodland Hills,
California, was arraigned in Superior Court, County of Los Angeles,
where he faces separate charges of making a terrorist threat and making
a false report of an emergency for his alleged involvement with an
anthrax scare incident.

On October 17, 2001, a sealed white envelope was discovered on the
office chair of an employee of Titan Systems Corporation, a NASA
subcontractor located at 2700 East Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena,
California. Examination of the envelope, which did not contain a
postmark and had only the employee’s name written on it, revealed that
it contained a “granule-like substance.” Based on the discovery, the
Pasadena City Police and Fire departments, the NASA Inspector General’s
Office of Criminal Investigations and the Security and Plant Protection
Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), responded to the scene.

Kaplan, a former software engineer/technical analyst for Titan, was
allegedly the sole perpetrator behind this anthrax scare incident. A
January 4, 2002, hearing date has been set in connection to the state
charges.

Special Agents of the NASA Office of Inspector General, the Pasadena
Police Department, and the Security and Plant Protection Office at JPL
conducted this investigation. Deputy City prosecutors Constance
Orozco-Morgan and Alison B. Weissman are handling the prosecution.

For more information on this release, please call Samuel A. Maxey,
Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at (202) 358-2580..

SpaceRef staff editor.