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Reported Austin IRS office attack not an original idea

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Arrested in July 1995, then Charles Ray Polk, 45, of Tyler was charged with five counts connected to plans to destroy the IRS processing office in Austin.

The former car salesman had tried to buy explosives from undercover agents, he had renounced his citizenship and revoked his taxpayer status, angry over IRS liens on back taxes.

Some Smith County Sheriff's Office personnel were in East Texas at the time of Polk's arrest, and remember only too well his radical reasoning for the bomb plot. He claimed to have militia ties, and even made references to actions against then President Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno.

His trial drew nation-wide attention to Tyler, and prosecutors at the time say he had more plans.

"There was some indication that he was considering action against other federal buildings around the country," said Mike Bradford, U.S. Attorney in 1996.

He even expressed remorse that the Oklahoma City bombing took place before he could effect his plan. Thanks to good police work, Polk never got his chance.

In 1996 a court overturned two convictions against Polk, citing insufficient evidence. He was released from federal prison in October 2009 after serving 15 years. His whereabouts are unknown.

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