Dozens of agents in hazmat suits swiftly arrived, found Petri dishes, bacterial cultures and scientific equipment, all of which Kurtz got legally (some of them he even bought on the internet) and uses in art installations that examine political, social and ethical factors involved in the field of biotechnology. The FBI confiscated his material, computers, books, and his wife's body. Even the cat, a "potential biohazard", was locked in the attic without food. The government held Kurtz as a suspected bioterrorist. A thorough inquiry showed that he wasn't possessing anything dangerous so what started as a full federal bio-terrorism investigation ended up as charges of wire and mail fraud (although no one appears to have been frauded!) He and his colleague, former head of the Genetic Department of Pittsburgh University Dr Robert Ferrell, face up to 20 years in prison.