Man Arrested for Sending the IRS a Fake Bomb, Marijuana, and…his Own Finger

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Well, I guess this is one way to let the IRS know how you feel about them…

A Washington man is facing federal charges for sending an assortment of unusual and disturbing items to an IRS office in Utah.

Federal prosecutors in Tacoma say Normand Lariviere, 68, sent a fake bomb, a bullet, and a marijuana joint.

Oh, and he also sent one of his own fingers.

From SeattlePi:

Writing the court, a special agent with the Federal Protective Service said Lariviere has been upset with the IRS and other federal agencies since he was laid off in the 1990s from his position as a civilian defense contractor.

Having served eight years in the Navy, Lariviere worked as a civilian electrician for the Navy until the early 1990s. After losing that position, he began filing grievances with federal agencies related to the Department of Defense.

According to charging papers, Lariviere told an IRS agent that he should not have to pay taxes because the government had not satisfied his claims.

When he was interviewed by investigators, Lariviere admitted severing his finger and showed agents the homemade device he used to perform that action.

According to charging papers, Lariviere also admitted to making and sending the fake bomb, and then threatened further action:

“I don’t have a choice if I don’t get an answer. Many things I could do. I’m not going to say. … I’m not going to tip my hand.”

Lariviere was arrested and charged with mailing a threat to injure, and is currently in jail.

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  • NonYo Business

    Wow.. this guy must’ve been PISSED. lol. Self Mutilation to prove a point… little crazy I am sure.

    • g.johnon

      ya gotta kinda admire the guy for his gumption and give him some credit for his imaginative style of protest; but lets not forget that he is all pissed off because he was removed from the government contractor tax trough club. so, kinda hard for me to stir up much sympathy for the guy.

  • Jeff

    Where I come from we define that as “Dumbass.”

    Would’ve (not ‘would of’) liked to see the people’s faces when they opened that package. Had to be hilarious.

    “Anybody missing a finger?”

    ‘Who has Chickens?”

    “Send it to that redneck asshole!”

    Hundreds of them.

    Come on guys, that is a hilarious story!


  • SP_88

    A little pissed off, are we? I can’t blame him. But I think he could have handled it a bit better than that.
    Now this could be either of two possibilities. One, he worked for the government and was screwed over by them, something that is perfectly believable. And when he tried repeatedly to get satisfaction, they simply brushed him off. And it’s quite understandable that he would be very pissed off about it.
    Or two, this guy was a nut job, and they let him go because he was a screwball that couldn’t do his job, or other people couldn’t work with him, or any number of other possibilities related to him being a nut job. And at this point, he certainly seems like a nut job.
    So basically, he was either a nut job, or he was driven into becoming a nut job. Either way, the government sucks, and they use people to do their bidding, and then throw them away.
    Honestly, I’m on the fence about this guy, but leaning towards him being a nut job. And the government still sucks.

  • patriot6

    Wow. He must been seriously stressed out. Whew.

  • hexagonal

    A fake bomb, a bullet, and a marijuana joint & one of his own fingers.Charged with mailing a threat to injure, and is currently in jail.

    Look he’s 68 & has had enough. He should have taken out an insurance policy on himself (in my name), smoked the joint, gone into the IRS office wearing the fake bomb, made the bureaucrats cut off their own finger, then got shot by security. Win win.
    Legally he should appeal his sentence on the charge, “mailing a threat to injure” . Can’t physically injure much with a fake bomb, joint, a bullet or a detached finger from my perspective. Wish my mail was as exciting !

  • James Wood

    If that was Garlic Cookies, it’s mine!

  • Jimmy Yost

    I wonder if the guy was on some kind of psychotropic medication. Thinking about it just now reminded me of the Andrea Yates incident (the woman who drowned her children in a bathtub), after which Eli Lilly ran a commercial every hour on TV twenty four seven for two weeks evidently in an attempt to dump stocks of it in anticipation of them being forced to take it off the market. In most of these cases the authorities never reveal whether or not the person was on some drug like that.