OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A grand jury has charged a Florida man with plotting to set off explosions in Target stores so that he could gain financially from a plunge in the company's stock price.
An indictment filed Wednesday in federal court in Ocala charges 49-year-old Mark Barnett with five counts of attempted arson, possession of a destructive device and unlawful possession of a weapon.
A criminal complaint says the convicted felon offered a friend $10,000 to place packages of food filled with explosives at Target stores along the East Coast. The friend instead went to authorities. Authorities say Barnett hoped to buy Minnesota-based Target stock after the price plunged.
Barnett was previously charged, following his February arrest, with possession of a firearm affecting commerce by a previously convicted felon.
Barnett is being held at the Marion County Jail. Online court records showed no attorney listed for him.
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