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MCSO: Man arrested after faking his own death and sending threatening messages to former employers

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Posted at 2:11 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 17:23:19-05

PHOENIX — A man who faked his own death was arrested after sending threatening e-mails to two former employers.

On January 9, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office arrested 38-year-old Zayd Zoubi at his home near 48th Street and Chandler Boulevard.

Police say Zoubi is accused of sending threatening emails to workers at his former employer, Prudential Financial.

He claimed he was wrongfully terminated and demanded compensation.

Company officials reportedly told investigators that Zoubi claimed that during his employment he was targeted because of his religious beliefs and someone had left a bullet on his car.
The company found Zoubi's claim to be unsubstantiated.

In some of the threatening emails Zoubi allegedly called his former co-workers "racist, Nazis and skinheads."

He also reportedly sent pictures of weapons and detailed, "how quickly and accurately he could fire his gun."

Zoubi reportedly sent his former employers the threatening emails under the name of one of his family members. Using his family member's name, Zoubi said he'd committed suicide, even posting an obituary on legacy.com.

A month later, Zoubi was hired and fired by Optum, a subsidiary of United Healthcare. At his new job, Zoubi allegedly made the same discrimination claims, and placed a bullet on his work desk.

After he was fired, he allegedly sent threatening emails to employees in Optum's human resources department.

Zoubi has been charged with forgery and computer tampering.