OCALA, Florida — This guy took the notion that Wall Street is just filled with a bunch of criminals a bit too far.
A Florida man has been charged with plotting to set off bombs at 10 Target stores along the East Coast in a bizarre scheme to drive the company’s stock price down so he could buy it on the cheap and make a killing when it went back up.
Federal prosecutors say Mark Barnett, 48, of Ocala, had paid a man $10,000 to set the bombs on shelves in stores stretching from Florida to New York.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that on Feb. 9, Barnett gave the man the explosives, gloves, a mask and cover to obscure his license plate. But instead of carrying out the plan, the man went to authorities and turned Barnett in.
Officials say the bombs were powerful enough that they could have killed or seriously injured anyone who was nearby when they went off.
Barnett was being held by local authorities on a variety of parole violations related to grand theft and sexual assault charges.