A former civilian defense contractor with grievances against the U.S. Department of Defense and related agencies is now facing federal charges after mailing one of his severed fingers and a fake bomb to the Internal Revenue Service.
Reportedly, the man identified as 68-year-old Normand Lariviere of Olympia mailed the fake bomb to an IRS office in Ogden, Utah with photo of himself as part of what authorities call an increasing threatening ‘campaign’ against the agency.
While this is not the first Lariviere has mailed ‘threats’ to the agency, federal prosecutors explain that his campaign against the agency has taken a ‘concerning turn in recent months.’
According to prosecutors, in 2016 mailed ‘a bullet and a marijuana joint’ to the tax collectors because he does not believe he should be forced to pay the agency since he has unresolved grievances with the federal government.
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.
Lariviere’s 2016 mailings included a joint, a bullet and, most worryingly, his own severed finger, the special agent said in charging papers. Contacted by investigators, the agent continued, Lariviere “admitted severing his finger and showed agents the homemade device he utilized to perform that action.”
On July 6, IRS workers in Ogden, Utah, discovered a package containing a 6-inch metal pipe made to resemble a bomb, the special agent said. IRS letters to Lariviere were packed with the pipe, as was a photo of Lariviere. Bomb technicians examined the device and found it was packed with a whistle.
When interviewed by investigators, Lariviere admitted to manufacturing and mailing the fake bomb, but instead of showing remorse he allegedly threatened to take further action until his grievances are resolved.
“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 stated according to court documents.
Lariviere is currently being held in federal custody and has been charged with mailing a threat to injure.
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