Man Indicted on Federal Ricin Charges in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An unemployed graphic designer who was hospitalized for two months with suspected ricin poisoning is under
indictment by a federal grand jury on charges he possessed the deadly toxin and weapons.

Roger Bergendorff, 57, faces three counts: possession of a biological toxin, possession of unregistered firearms and possession of firearms not identified by serial number. The charges carry a possible penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a $750,000 fine

Bergendorff has been jailed since last week when he was released
from a hospital.

Tuesday's indictment also includes an allegation that would let the government confiscate the weapons seized from Bergendorff's extended-stay motel room several blocks off the Las Vegas Strip in
February.

Authorities allege Bergendorff made the ricin as part of a scheme to hurt unspecified enemies, but was not a terrorist plot.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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