FBI investigating Warren auditor candidate in powder-letter case

boardman, ohio business powder scare

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – An FBI agent took a DNA sample from a Warren auditor candidate Monday, investigating whether or not he sent a letter with a suspicious white powder in it to a Boardman business, according to court documents.

The agent got a DNA sample from Anthony Natale, who is currently running unopposed in the race for the city auditor’s seat. Police have not charged Natale in the investigation.

4th Ward Warren Councilman Gregory Bartholomew was surprised to hear the news. “I hope it’s not true. AJ’s a nice guy, says Bartholomew. ” I’ve met him quite a few times obviously in the last six months, but we’ll let the legal process handle that from now on.”

On Nov. 12 of 2014, an employee at the American Business Center on South Avenue in Boardman received a letter with a white, powdery substance inside. Emergency workers evacuated all eleven people inside and sent two to the hospital for further examination. Tests later determined the substance to be harmless.

According to an affidavit filed in federal court Aug. 10, the FBI agent who obtained the sample Monday also believes that Natale may have sent the letter with the substance inside after being fired from the American Business Center.

FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson said she doesn’t expect new developments anytime soon. “It’ll definitely take several weeks and you know at that point the investigation is still ongoing. So it isn’t like we get results back that we would issue anything at that point.”

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story attributed Vicki Anderson’s quote to someone who was not involved in the investigation. We regret the error.

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