A Florida man was arrested for trying to hire a hit man to kill an Internal Revenue Service employee who had been investigating his personal and business tax liabilities.

Randy Nowak, 48, of Mulberry, Fla., was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to murder a government employee. If convicted, the construction company owner faces up to 20 years' imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

On July 29, he met with an undercover FBI Task Force agent posing as a hit man and paid him a $10,000 down payment for killing the IRS employee. Nowak also asked the undercover agent if he would be willing to burn down the IRS office in Lakeland, Fla.

"The FBI considers threats of violence against United States government employees due to their enforcement and/or investigative activities very serious matters, and this case is a good example of our commitment to aggressively pursuing those responsible," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Steven Ibison in a statement.

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