A man who allegedly plotted to extort money from a Granite City resident and then kill him has been indicted in federal court. 45-year-old Brett L. Nash of the first block of Shirlwin Drive in Granite City is facing a possible 20-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine if found guilty of attempted extortion, by use of threats of violence, under the Hobbs Act.
The Hobbs Act criminalizes at least three distinct forms of criminal conduct: robbery, extortion by force, fear or threat, and extortion under color of law. Nash allegedly plotted to extort money from an unnamed wealthy Granite City resident, and then kill him, but make it look like an accident. A tip came in to the FBI from a source Nash allegedly tried to recruit to help him carry out his plan. The informant went to police with information on the crime that was being planned that included what may have been an evolving number of ways to kill the intended victim. After remaining undercover long enough to complete a "dry run" of the alleged plot, Nash was arrested near the Granite City K-Mart, and the victim was never harmed.