Generally speaking, threatening a university with exposing alleged dirty secrets with the intent of getting a nice cash payout is probably not a good idea. Then again, generally speaking, some people will never cease to amaze you.
Take Thomas Ray for example. Today police in Jackson, Mississippi arrested him for allegedly attempting to extort $3.5 million from Louisville’s athletic department. A federal grand jury accused Ray of using an alias in an email demanding $3.5 million and threatening to expose the university’s supposed dirty laundry if the school did not comply with the demands.
In a statement, Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich said he contacted Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and the NCAA within minutes of reading the email.
“We were confident that there was no truth to the accusations made in the communication,” Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich said. Jurich claims to have contacted the attorney general’s office promptly after receiving the email.
Ray is due in a Louisville district court on November 7 and faces fines up to $250,000.
Perhaps the best part of the story is this is not Ray’s first time being connected to a case of extortion. In 2005 Ray attempted to extort $2.5 million from consumer electronics retail giant Best Buy.
One can only wonder what is next for Ray, and just what or who his next target will be.