A Miami resident has been charged with threatening to destroy the Internal Revenue Service building with either fire or a bomb.

Morris R. Whitehead, 53, was charged last week with willfully making a threat through the use of a telephone concerning an attempt to be made to unlawfully damage or destroy a building by means of fire or an explosive.

According to prosecutors, Whitehead called the FBI’s Miami Field Office on April 20, 2015, and indicated that the IRS building in Miami should be evacuated within two hours because it was going to go up in smoke. 

Whitehead was arrested later that same day and allegedly admitted to law enforcement officers that he had placed the call.

“Threats to federal buildings are taken extremely seriously and we will continue to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law any attempts to disrupt the proper functioning of government and endanger the community,” stated United States Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer.

Whitehead is scheduled to be arraigned on May 5, 2015. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

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