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Kidnapping, Extortion Charges, Alleged Torture in Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Rutherford County Commissioner and a Murfreesboro businessman have been charged with aggravated kidnapping and extortion in a case involving alleged torture and Justin Bieber concert tickets.

The Daily News Journal reports Commissioner Matthew Young and businessman Curtis “Bubba” Hutson were arrested yesterday after a county grand jury handed down indictments in the case. A third man, Mississippi resident Harvey Fleisher faces the same set of charges.

The indictments and arrests follow claims made by Nashvillian Kenneth Cooper that he was assaulted in July, 2012 after the three men learned that he’d sold them counterfeit tickets for more than $15,000.

Cooper is currently being held in a Hopkinsville, Kentucky jail facing unrelated charges of first-degree robbery stemming from a separate incident.

Young and Hutson were booked into the Rutherford County Jail yesterday and then released on $100,000 bond each. A court date has been set for Nov. 18.