Former city auditor in Ohio pleads guilty to envelope threat

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A former elected city auditor accused of sending an ex-employer an envelope containing white powder determined to be harmless has pleaded guilty in northeast Ohio.

The Warren Tribune-Chronicle reports ( that Warren’s former auditor, Anthony Natale (NAY’-tuhl), pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Youngstown to one count of conveying false information related to the use of a weapon of mass destruction. The 37-year-old Natale took office as Warren’s auditor in January. His attorney says Natale resigned Monday and is being treated for depression.

An FBI affidavit says an envelope containing white powder and health insurance documents pertaining to Natale was mailed in 2014 to a Youngstown-area copy machine business that had fired him. The business was evacuated, and a hazardous materials team responded.

Tests showed the powder was harmless.