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Tennessee Man Pleads Guilty In Extortion Case

Tennessee Man Pleads Guilty In Extortion Case

CREATED Jul 11, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee man who appeared on "The Millionaire Matchmaker" has pleaded guilty to trying to extort $2.5 million from the operators of a nuclear weapons plant in exchange for slides he allegedly claimed would be damaging if released publicly.

The U.S. attorney's office in Knoxville said 26-year-old Adam Winters of Robins, pleaded guilty Thursday. He is to be sentenced November 17.

Prosecutors said Winters emailed Babcock and Wilcox, Y-12, LLC, the corporation that manages and operates the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and tried to email Vice President Joe Biden. Prosecutors said the email refers to slides of evidence from nuclear testing.

Winters told The Associated Press earlier he is the same Adam Winters who appeared on a February 6 episode of "The Millionaire Matchmaker."

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