Franklin man convicted of wire fraud stemming from 2012 election

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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.

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