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A&M professor tormented for weeks before jumping to his death

James Aune - WFAA

A Louisiana man has been arrested and is accused of using his underage relative to lure a Texas A&M University professor into an online relationship that ended with the professor jumping to his death from a campus parking garage.


FBI arrests Trenton, N.J., mayor

Trenton Mayor

The FBI arrested the mayor of Trenton, N.J., today on corruption charges, The Times of Trenton reports. Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, his brother, Ralphiel, and convicted sex offender Joseph Giorgianni, are accused of conspiring to obstruct, delay and affect interstate commerce by extortion, the Associated Press reports.


Former New England mob boss Luigi Manocchio sentenced to 5½ years in prison

Luigi “Louie” Manocchio, the 84-year-old former boss of the Mafia in New England, was sentenced today in federal court to 5½ years in prison for extorting protection payments from strip clubs.


Former Obama fundraiser Rezko gets 10-year sentence

A U.S. judge on Tuesday sentenced Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a former Chicago fundraiser for President Barack Obama, to 10-1/2 years in prison for corruption and extortion.


Ex-La. gov, 83, marries 32-year-old prison pen pal

Colorful former Gov. Edwin Edwards, 83, on Friday married a 32-year-old who wrote him during his prison sentence for bribery and extortion.


Travolta extortion case dismissed

Travolta extortion case dismissed

Charges against two people accused of trying to extort money from actor John Travolta, following the death of his son in the Bahamas, are dropped.


Man in Letterman blackmail plot freed from jail

Robert "Joe" Halderman admitted he demanded $2 million in hush money last fall to keep from revealing personal information about Letterman.


Pitino testifies about sex with extortion suspect

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino told a jury Wednesday that a woman accused of demanding millions from him had sex with him after whispering to him and unzipping his pants in an empty Italian restaurant.


Gibson speaks to detectives about extortion claims

A sheriff's official says Mel Gibson has met with detectives to discuss his claims that his ex-girlfriend attempted to extort money from him. Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says the interview occurred Sunday. He says detectives only spoke to the Academy Award-winner about his claims against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva (gree-GOR'-yeh-vuh).


Secret Mel Gibson text message may prove extortion

THR exclusively reveals the sealed court transcript and Oksana Grigorieva's text: "You broke your agreement with me."


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