New details emerge of '97 extortion against Miller

New details emerge of '97 extortion against Miller

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- New details about a 1997 extortion threat against Utah Jazz team owner Larry H. Miller have emerged in an 86-page FBI file on Miller.

The file includes a copy of the extortion letter sent by Richard Christiansen as the Jazz prepared for the sixth game of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls.

Christiansen, then a 42-year-old Tremonton resident, threatened to blow up the Delta Center unless Miller paid him $150,000.

He was arrested in June 1997 after a package was dropped off at a field in Woods Cross by an FBI agent who posed as Miller.

Christiansen later received home confinement and probation. The Delta Center, today called EnergySolutions Arena, and fans were unharmed.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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