When it comes to stepping in illegal territory to gain ahead in the stock market, charges that come into mind are securities fraud or insider trading — nonviolent crimes.
Not for one man.
Beginning in February, Mark Barnett of Ocala, Florida tried to orchestrate bombings across east coast Target stores, expecting their stock price would thus crash, him then buying the stock and later selling it when the price would eventually increase, if all went as planned.
A convicted sex offender, Barnett manufactured ten bombs and placed them inside food boxes to blend in with their environment once placed inside ten Target stores stretching from New York to Florida.
According to court documents, Barnett offered his coworker $10,000 to "deliver packages" to the designated Targets, eventually revealing the packages were bombs after explaining his plan to get rich off the stock manipulation he anticipated.
The bombs, full of gunpowder, were rigged to detonate electronically.
Although agreeing to make the trips, the coworker instead went to police, where he was wired to gather more intel against Barnett.
Federal and state authorities raided Barnett's home and found explosives and ignitors in his possession. He was arrested without incident and now remains at the Marion County, Florida jail charged with possession of a destructive device affecting commerce.