October 24, 2008
Jamie Dimon and various outlets of his bank – one of America’s biggest – were targeted in at least 45 anonymous, typewritten letters which all seem to be from the same source.
The sender accused Mr Dimon of stealing Washington Mutual, whose banking operation was bought by JP Morgan Chase last month.
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“You need to be pay back. You will be killed in 10 days,” one of the typewritten letters read, investigators told ABC News.
Another letter sent to Mr Dimon in New York threatened a series of attacks culminating in a bombing similar to that in Oklahoma City, in which 168 people died in 1995.
At least 45 letters, all postmarked in Amarillo, Texas on October 17 and 18, were sent to Chase bank offices in nine US cities as well as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of Thrift Supervision in Dallas and the Federal Home Loan Bank in Atlanta.
The letters contained a powdery substance which tests have shown to be harmless but Chase branches across the US were said to be “on alert”.
Federal investigators believe the letters could have been sent in anger about the downward spiral of the US economy.
Authorities say the letters “articulated threat of bodily harm” and appeared to be connected to the bank’s lending practices.