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Franklin man indicted in alleged scheme to defraud Mitt Romney

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A Franklin man has been indicted over what prosecutors call an extortion scheme involving tax returns for former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The Channel 4 I-Team first reported in November 2012 that Michael Brown was under investigation in connection to the reported theft of the presidential candidate's tax records from a local accounting firm before the election.

In an exclusive interview with the I-Team, Brown denied doing anything wrong.

But the federal indictment claims Brown falsely stated he stole those tax records in several letters, demanding $1 million in digital currency known as Bitcoin, to prevent the release of the returns.

The letters also invited anyone interested in seeing Romney's tax documents to contribute $1 million of Bitcoin to another account.

The indictment claims Brown delivered those letters to the offices of the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and Franklin offices for the state Democratic and Republican parties.

Brown faces charges of extortion and wire fraud.

The I-Team's Jeremy Finley spoke with Brown just two weeks ago as he maintained his innocence.

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