Tennessee reality star pleads guilty in extortion plot against Y

Tennessee reality star pleads guilty in extortion plot against Y-12

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Adam Winters (source: Bravo) Adam Winters (source: Bravo)
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Tennessee man who appeared on reality TV show "The Millionaire Matchmaker" pleaded guilty Thursday in an extortion case involving Y-12.

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Adam Winters, 26, of Robins, Tenn., pleaded guilty to transmitting communications containing threats to injure the reputation of Babcock and Wilcox, Y-12, LLC., in interstate and foreign commerce with intent to extort money and other things of value from the corporation.

Babcock and Wilcox manages and operate the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

According to the plea agreement, Winters emailed Babcock and Wilcox on May 8 and attempted to email Vice President Joe Biden about copies of slides he possessed that he claimed contained information that he believed would injure Babcock and Wilcox's reputation.

Winters met with undercover officers on May 23 for the purpose of exchanging the slides for $2,500,000 that he had demanded during the extortion attempt.

During the meeting, law enforcement revealed their identity and arrested Winters.

Sentencing is set for November 17. Winters faces up to two years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, up to one year of supervised release and $100 special assessment.
 

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