Man Admits Mailing Threat to IRS Office

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A Bay Area resident pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge that he sent a letter containing a white powdery substance to the Internal Revenue Service office in Los Angeles in December.

Israel Rodriguez, 25, of Richmond, faces up to three years in prison for trying to intimidate an employee of the IRS with the purpose of impeding the administration of tax laws, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

The letter, which listed Rodriguez’s girlfriend’s home as the return address, contained what was later determined to be baking powder and a typed note stating: “I am not paying your ... taxes.