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Ex-VA Worker Pleads Guilty In Las Vegas To Bioweapons Hoax

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System employee has pleaded guilty to creating a bioweapons hoax by placing envelopes containing a white powdery substance on coworkers' desks almost a year ago.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 40-year-old Phuong Tang of Las Vegas could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing June 23.

Tang's federal public defender didn't immediately respond to messages. Tang was a podiatry clinic technician at the Veterans Administration facility in North Las Vegas.

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The powder was determined to be baking soda and smelling salts, and Tang later admitted putting the envelopes on the desks.