EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – A Pontoon Beach man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges after being accused of participating in a foiled plot to abduct, extort and electrocute a wealthy man and blame the death on the would-be victim’s cat.

A judge in East St. Louis scheduled an April 30 trial for Brett Nash on felonies linked to the scheme, which authorities thwarted in January.

A criminal complaint identifies the plot’s target as a former corporate attorney in Granite City.

Authorities say one plan Nash explored involved forcing the intended victim into a hot tub and electrocuting him with a radio tossed into the water along with the cat to make it look like the animal was the culprit in the killing.

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