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OK man lost lawsuit 2 years before allegedly threatening Sheriff Arpaio


The Oklahoma man accused of mailing an inoperable bomb to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio once unsuccessfully sued a former business partner.

William Stewart told agents he believed Gregory Shrader, 55, was trying to frame him because Stewart's name was listed on the package's return address.

Shrader was taken into custody last week after FBI agents and the U.S. Postal Service inspector served a search warrant at his rural home in Jay, OK.

Postal inspectors and agents from the FBI executed a search warrant in Jay, OK, on March 6 in connection to the threat mailed to Arpaio on April 11, 2013.

The package addressed to Arpaio was placed in a USPS collection box unit on Highway 180 in Flagstaff. Based on the package's appearance, postal inspectors and other law enforcement responded.

Prosecution is being handled by the U.S. Attorney of the District of Arizona in Phoenix.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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