UofL Athletics extortion suspect arraigned

Published: Nov. 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:40 PM EST
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Thomas E. Ray leaves the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Louisville on Nov. 7.
Thomas E. Ray leaves the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Louisville on Nov. 7.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The man charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from the University of Louisville Athletic Association has made his first appearance in federal court.

Thomas E. Ray, 35, of Jackson, Mississippi, was arrested by U.S. Marshals after being indicted by a federal grand jury on October 16. During his arraignment November 7 in Louisville, Ray entered a not guilty plea.

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The indictment says that on April 13, 2013, Ray sent emails the name "Melinda White" to the UofL Athletic Association threatening to injure its reputation.

Ray faces up to two years in prison, if convicted. Also, he could have to pay a maximum fine of $250,000 and face a one-year period of supervised released.

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