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Edison Attorney Pleads Guilty in Extortion Scheme

A central New Jersey lawyer tried to extort thousands of dollars from four people by falsely telling them that they were the subjects of criminal investigations.

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Federal prosecutors say Thomas Frey of Edison pleaded guilty Monday to a complaint charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and extortion under fear of economic harm. The 53-year-old Frey faces up to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced Sept. 5.

Federal prosecutors say Frey and a co-conspirator falsely told the four victims — including two police officers — they were subjects of criminal investigations, principally by the IRS, and demanded up to $20,000 from each to assist them in avoiding arrests and obtaining favorable outcomes.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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