A Tennessee man has been charged in a scheme involving former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's income tax returns.
U.S. Justice Department said 34-year-old Michael Mancil Brown of
Franklin was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Nashville and
charged with six counts of wire fraud and six counts of extortion.
is accused of having a letter delivered to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
accounting firm in Franklin last August, demanding $1 million to keep
the returns from being released. The Justice Department said Brown
falsely claimed that he had gained access to the PricewaterhouseCoopers
internal computer network and stolen tax documents for Romney for tax
years before 2010.
A phone number listed for Brown had a
message saying it was not receiving incoming calls. He did not
immediately return an email message sent Wednesday evening.