JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A man facing charges that he attempted to extort millions of dollars from socialite Anne H. Bass following a break-in at her Connecticut estate is being kept behind bars by a judge who called him a flight risk.
Federal Magistrate William Garfinkle denied bail Tuesday for Emanuel Nicolescu, saying he has strong ties overseas and faces a long sentence if convicted. Nicolescu has Romanian and U.S. citizenship.
Prosecutors say Nicolescu and other assailants invaded Bass’s house on April 15, 2007, brandishing knives. The attackers are accused of injecting Bass and a guest with what they said was a deadly virus, demanding money in exchange for an antidote. Authorities said the substance was harmless, likely an ink.
Nicolescu has pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted extortion.
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