Md. officer charged with making threats after he was fired


The Associated Press

HAGERSTOWN, Md.- The FBI on Thursday charged a former police officer with making racial, bomb and anthrax threats after he was fired by the city.

The threats began four months after Jeffrey S. Shifler was dismissed in November 2003 for falsifying payroll records, court records said.

Shifler, 41, was in custody, authorities said. He was expected to appear Friday in federal court in Baltimore. He faces as many as 10 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

No phone listing was available for him.

Shifler made 14 anonymous phone calls and sent at least nine anonymous letters containing threats, insults or false crime reports, according to a court complaint. The threats targeted police employees and a black city council member, and such institutions as schools and public office buildings.

Many letters were on photocopied Hagerstown Police Department letterhead, the complaint alleges.

Shifler was hired by the nearby town of Boonsboro after being fired in Hagerstown. It was unclear whether he was still working there.

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