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By Jim Duffy
An individual investor in 3Com was charged Wednesday by federal
authorities with threatening to bomb investment firms if they did not
boost the company=E2=80=99s stock.
John Tompkins of Dubuque, Iowa., was charged with 15 counts, including
securities fraud, intent to extort, possession of an unregistered
destructive device and using a destructive device while committing a
violent crime. Tompkins, a machinist, was arrested in April and accused
of sending threatening letters and bombs to investment firms under the
guise of =E2=80=9CThe Bishop.=E2=80=9D
The bombs and letters were in an attempt to get the investment firms to
boost the price of 3Com and Navarre stock, of which Tompkins was an
investor. Tompkins reportedly sent 17 letters and two bombs to
investment firms in the Midwest.
The firms did not comply with Tompkins=E2=80=99 demands, according to federal
Tompkins could face life in prison if convicted on the charge of using a
destructive device while committing a violent crime.
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