A Tennessee man was recently found guilty on charges of extortion and wire fraud scheme in the attempted extortion of former Republican Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. The extortion scheme from 2012 saw the accused demand $1 million in bitcoin in exchange for purportedly stolen tax returns belonging to Romney.
A faux-hacker who tried to snag a million-dollar ransom in bitcoin in exchange for 2012 Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s tax records has been found guilty.
In an announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice, Michael Mancil Brown, 37, was convicted of six counts of wire fraud and six counts of using facilities of interstate commerce to commit extortion.
In August 2012, Brown sent a letter to Romney’s accountants, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), demanding $1 million in bitcoin. He claimed to have breached the company’s servers to obtain tax records belonging to Romney and his wife Ann. Notably, Romney was publicly criticized at the time for only releasing two years of his tax returns. Brown claimed to have obtained pre-2010 records of Romney’s tax