Prosecutors have indicted John Tomkins, the self-styled “Bishop” who sent threatening letters to American Century and Janus, including a package containing an unarmed bomb with the message, “Bang! You’re Dead,” the Rocky Mountain News reports.
The indictment, which contains 15 charges, including 10 counts of securities fraud, now indicates that Tomkins sent threats to 11 additional companies as well: Yacktman Asset Management, Friess Associates, Broadview Advisors, Wallace Weitz, Nicholas Co., Thompson Investment Management, First Pacific, Schwartz Investment Counsel, Ave Maria Mutual Funds, Calamos Investments, Diamond Hill Investments and Bridgeway Funds.
Some of the messages demanded that the companies raise the price of two company stocks that Tomkins held: Navarre and 3Com. In some of the cases, he set the price of $6.66 for 3Com, a number associated with the devil.
Tomkins, a machinist, was arrested on his way to work in April.
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