Man indicted after attempting to extort UofL Athletic Association

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal grand jury has charged a Jackson, Miss., man with attempting to extort $3.5 million from the University of Louisville Athletic Association.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Thomas E. Ray used the alias "Melinda White" and sent an email on April 23 threatening to hurt the reputation of the association.

A one-page indictment of Ray unsealed Thursday morning contains few details. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway was scheduled to speak about the case at 5 p.m.

University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich said in a statement he immediately reached out to Conway and the FBI after reading an email in April.

Ray had no Kentucky attorney listed in court records. He made an initial appearance Thursday in Mississippi. He is scheduled to appear in court in Louisville on Nov. 7.

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