Tennessee TV 'Millionaire' accused of extortion attempt

Tennessee TV 'Millionaire' accused of extortion attempt

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By TRAVIS LOLLER
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE (AP) - A Tennessee man who appeared on "The Millionaire Matchmaker" is accused of trying to extort $2.5 million from a nuclear weapons plant in exchange for 1,200 slides he allegedly claimed would be damaging if released publicly.

According to an affidavit filed in federal court, Adam Winters sent an email on May 8 to Babcock and Wilcox, the contractors operating the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It said the email also was sent to the Knoxville office of the FBI and Vice President Joe Biden.

The email states that Winters has slides that contain "evidence from testing the bombs, to documentation on how much radiation was used on animals and contamination of the plants," according to the affidavit.

Winters' attorney did not return a call seeking comment.

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