Mississippi man accused of trying to extort millions from UofL Athletic Assn.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Jackson, Mississippi man is accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from the University of Louisville Athletic Association, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday shortly after the man's arrest.

A federal grand jury in Louisville charged Thomas E. Ray, 35, with a single count of extortion by means of a threatening communication on October 16. The federal indictment was unsealed Thursday following Ray's arrest in Mississippi by the U.S. Marshal Service.

According to the indictment, Ray, using the alias "Melinda White," knowingly sent an email from his home to the Commonwealth of Kentucky on April 13, 2013 with the intent to extort $3.5 million from the UofL Athletic Association by threatening to injure its reputation.

If convicted, Ray faces up to two years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and a one-year period of supervised release.

Ray appeared in U.S. District Court in Jackson on Thursday. He posted a $10,000 bond and was ordered to appear in Louisville District Court on November 7.

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