Oregon Man Arrested for Allegedly Threatening Obama, Palm Beach Commissioner's Office

An Oregon man is accused of threatening President Barack Obama, the U.S. Attorney's offices in Portland and Seattle, and -- strangely enough -- the Palm Beach County Commissioner's Office, the Associated Press reports.

Darryl James Swanson, a 45-year-old Portland resident, allegedly left 44 voice-mail messages with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Portland and three voice mails each to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle and the Palm Beach County Commissioner's Office.

According to the AP, Swanson called its Seattle bureau and left a voice mail saying, "I may have to get in touch with al Qaeda and get ahold of at least one, possibly two good working machine guns and blast my way into the White House."

After the AP reported the call to the Secret Service, that's when things got a little nutty:

The day after the call to the AP, Swanson told Secret Service agent Ronald Brown that he made the call because he was frustrated that the president has not sent him a check for $70 million, which he claims he is owed from a trust fund set up at his birth, court documents show. Brown told him that no trust fund exists.

Swanson was initially given a warning by the Secret Service to stop threatening the president in May, but the 50 voice mails he allegedly left with the U.S. Attorney's offices and the Palm Beach County Commissioner's Office came in June.

The Secret Service says Swanson was arrested Friday, although they told the AP they couldn't comment on any threat against the president.

The AP reports that Swanson consented in court yesterday to a mental-health evaluation, and a friend of his says Swanson's been struggling with mental health issues for "more than a decade."

According to records from the Palm Beach County Clerk's Office, Swanson was ordered by a Palm Beach County judge to undergo a mental evaluation in December 1996 under the Baker Act.

Palm Beach County court records show no further criminal history for Swanson.

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