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Documents detail Australian 'collar bomb' plot

Aug 16, 2011 10:19:00 AM - thestate.com
Australian authorities used an email account attached to a fake bomb to track down a man accused of breaking into a family's home in Australia and chaining the device to a teenager's neck as part of an extortion ploy, according to court documents released Tuesday.

An arrest complaint against Paul "Doug" Peters filed in US federal court in Kentucky indicates the Gmail account was set up from an Internet address linked to a Chicago airport.

Peters was arrested Monday by the FBI at the home of his ex-wife in a Louisville suburb.

The complaint says the Gmail account was accessed three times - each time on the afternoon that Peters allegedly broke into the teenager's home in a wealthy Sydney suburb and chained a device looking like a bomb to her.

The complaint also gives vivid details of the frightening incident for Madeleine Pulver, the 18-year-old daughter of Australian Internet executive William Pulver.

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