NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Franklin man has been convicted in an extortion and wire fraud scheme stemming from the 2012 presidential election and Republican Mitt Romney’s tax returns.
The U.S Justice Department says 37-year-old Michael Brown was found guilty Thursday by a federal jury in Nashville.
A news release from the agency said Brown was convicted of six counts of wire fraud and six counts of using facilities of interstate commerce to commit extortion.
A sentencing hearing will likely be in August.
The release said the scheme involved a letter delivered to PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm in Franklin, demanding $1 million worth of digital currency Bitcoin to prevent release of Romney’s tax documents.
The letter also invited interested parties who wanted the documents to be released to contribute $1 million to another Bitcoin account.