An Australian man has been charged with attempting to extort A$152 million ($106.4 million) from Universal Music Australia. Robert Geoffrey Brown, 56, was arrested yesterday and charged at the Perth C

An Australian man has been charged with attempting to extort A$152 million ($106.4 million) from Universal Music Australia.

Robert Geoffrey Brown, 56, was arrested yesterday and charged at the Perth Court of Petty Sessions with five counts of fraud and extortion.

The extortion charges arose from a series of events between February 2000 and June 2004 in which Brown is alleged to have threatened to blow up a building occupied by the major. Brown apparently threatened to harm and kill employees, and drove a vehicle through the front of the company's Adelaide offices.

The four fraud charges relate to forms that Brown allegedly lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in which he claimed to be the sole director of Universal Music Australia.

Police also allege Brown threatened to publish defamatory material about the record company.

Magistrate Terence McIntyre remanded Brown to a Perth psychiatric hospital for seven days for assessment. He will return to court on June 11.

It is understood that Brown's alleged threats resulted in some label staffers changing address. Universal Music Australia executives declined to comment.