Romney’s blackmailer found and indicted on wire fraud and extortion


The man who allegedly blackmailed Mitt Romney in 2012, trying to extort $1 million in Bitcoins from the former presidential candidate, is now being indicted for several crimes. Michael Mancil Brown, a 34 year-old man from Tennessee, claimed that he had undeclared tax records belonging to Mitt Romney.

At the time, the suspect contacted PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that worked with Romney, and warned them that he had stolen several computer documents with more than 20 years of information about tax returns that the politician had refused to make public during the presidential campaign.

Brown hit the hot spot, since the candidate’s tax information had been a sensible topic during this period. Mitt Romney refused to make his personal financial details public during the campaign, unlike all other candidates (although the rules don’t state it as a mandatory action).

Well, someone saw a chance in this refusal and Romney received a letter asking for $1 million BTC or the truth was going to be released. However, in the end, Brown managed to gather just a little more than 1 BTC. It’s not a million, but it’s something…

The investigation that caught the alleged author of the threats had been going on since last September. Throughout the investigation, PricewaterhouseCoopers maintained that it could not find any evidence that it had been the target of a crime. And more: the documents that Brown claimed to possess at the time have not yet been discovered.

Michael Mancil Brown is now indicted on six counts of wire fraud and six counts of extortion.


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Maria Santos

Maria is an experienced journalist currently living in the UK. She has been writing about Bitcoin and the altcoin universe since 2013. She is also a member of the Lifeboat Foundation's New Money Systems Board and a big cryptocurrency supporter.

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