Alabama man indicted for false threat about Obama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal authorities say 54-year-old Charles Thurman of Huntsville has been indicted for allegedly e-mailing the White House with a false claim that an individual had threatened to kill President Obama.

Thurman was charged with making a false statement to law enforcement in a three-count indictment filed Thursday at U. S. District Court in Birmingham. His indictment was announced in a joint statement from U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin and Secret Service agent in charge Christopher Murphy.

If convicted, Thurman, who has been arrested, could be sentenced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Thurman could not be reached for comment. It was not known if he had an attorney.

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