Judge dismisses pipe bombing charges against "The Bishop" - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Judge dismisses pipe bombing charges against "The Bishop"

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed 10 of the 15 counts against a Dubuque man accused of sending pipe bombs and threatening letters to brokerage firms in an attempt to drive up stock prices.

Accompanying the pipe bombs were threatening letters signed "The Bishop."

John Tomkins is accused of sending the bombs and letters to employees of Navarre Corp. and 3Com Corp. warning that their family and friends would be harmed if they didn't elevate stock prices.

Tomkins was arrested in Dubuque in April 2007.

A federal judge in Chicago dismissed 10 counts of securities fraud against Tomkins last Friday, saying the charges didn't apply to Tomkins because no attempt was made to manipulate the stock market.

Tomkins still faces five federal destructive device charges.

Powered by Frankly