(KMOV.com) -- A Granite city man was arraigned in federal court Tuesday on charges that he attempted to extort a wealthy individual by threatening violence.
Brett L.Nash, 45, tried to get an acquaintance to assist in carrying out his plan to extort a person for money on January 9th. Nash planned on killing the targeted person and making it look like an accident after he received the money.
The acquaintance reported Nash's plan to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and remained in contact with Nash, undercover.
Nash and the acquaintance kept in touch over the next two weeks, planning out the extortion. The plan focused on threats of violence and forcing his target to withdraw large amounts of money from his bank. Nash planned on splitting the money with the undercover.
Investigators say Nash's plan was to force the person into a bathtub full of water and electrocute him by throwing a radio in the water. Before throwing the radio in the tub, he was going to first throw a cat in to make the electrocution look like an accident.
Nash also purchased a mask, handcuffs and a CO2 gun to help with the crime.
Nash was arrested January 23rd and could serve a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to 5 years supervised release.