NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A former butler was convicted Thursday of trying to extort millions of dollars from philanthropist Anne H. Bass during a 2007 invasion at her Connecticut estate.
A federal jury in New Haven found Emanuel Nicolescu guilty of attempted extortion and other charges on its first day of deliberations.
Authorities say three men broke into the house on April 15, 2007, injected Bass and her partner, Julian Lethbridge, with what they claimed was a deadly virus and refused to provide an antidote unless they turned over $8.5 million. The substance turned out to be harmless.
"Mrs. Bass and Mr. Lethbridge are grateful for the authorities' ongoing commitment to solving the case and they remain hopeful that everybody responsible for this crime will eventually be brought to justice," said Allan Mayer, a spokesman for Bass.