Suspicious packages left at GOP, Democratic offices in Franklin
Sep 5, 2012 09:54 PM
Reported By Tracee Tolentino, Reporter - bio | email
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -
Authorities are investigating after suspicious packages were left at the office of the Williamson County Republican Party and at the office of the Williamson County Democratic Party late last week.
Peter Burr, Chairman with the Williamson County Democratic Party, told Nashville's News 2 the package, which contained an anonymous letter and a thumbnail drive was left last Thursday at the office located at 112 East Fowlkes Street.
Jean Barwick, Executive Director of the Williamson County Republican Party confirmed the same package was received on Friday.
"It was about a 5x7 padded envelope with a handwritten note on the front that said, ‘For Rep Leaders' and leaders was spelled incorrectly," Barwick told Nashville's News 2.
According to Burr, the letter from an anonymous source stated that accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Franklin was hacked and Mitt Romney's tax returns had been obtained.
The letter stated, "We were able to gain access to your network file servers and copy over the tax documents for one Willard M Romney and Ann D Romney. We are sure that once you figure out where the security breach was, some people will probably get fired but that is not our concern."
The letter also asked for $1 million in exchange for the tax returns.
"A multi-national company and somebody hacked into their records and has Mitt Romney's tax records? It didn't seem credible at all," Barwick added.
The United States Secret Service and the FBI are investigating.
"They seem to think it probably was a scam although of course they [authorities] needed to take it seriously," Burr told Nashville's News 2.
The letter claims if the million dollar ransom is not met by September 28, then access will be granted for anyone to view Mitt Romney's tax returns.