Philadelphia Police Probe Extortion Case

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The Philadelphia Police Department is investigating a seeming extortion plot involving the town's most prominent families and the country club. Several families have received letters demanding thousands of dollars. And if they don't pay up, the letters claim that damaging information about drug use and infidelities will be released.

"It ranges from $60,000 up to as $150,000," said Police Chief Richard Sistrunk. "They seem to target mostly the children of the families, but we have had some letters where it's targeting the husband or the wife."

When the families don't make the drop, a second letter is sent making the same demands. No families have exchanged money, but authorities, including the FBI have.

"We've done it before, to see if anyone would actually go to the drop area," said Sistrunk. "And being that they are always saying it's in the bathroom of the ladies' facility, by law, we can't set cameras up. "So we set up around the building. Staged some golfers. No one ever went to the country club at that time we had the letter."

So far, authorities have no suspects, but they have been able to lift fingerprints from a couple of the typed letters.

It's possible this is just an elaborate joke that would carry a serious punishment.

"We do believe that it's just someone that is messing with a family member and don't have an idea as to why they would do it, other than to mess with them," Sistrunk said.

The person or people behind the letters would be charged with extortion, which carries a prison sentence. So far, the allegations in the letters have proven to be false.

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  • by eric Location: philadelphia on Mar 18, 2010 at 09:06 PM
    $110.00 nancy?
  • by Nancy Location: philadelphia on Mar 16, 2010 at 04:39 PM
    Sue i have already received an offer of 100.00 per name. are you willing to go with a higher bid?
  • by sue Location: philadelphia on Mar 15, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    are they worth $50.00 per name?
  • by Nancy Location: philadelphia on Mar 15, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    Well that on depends on who gives me the best price. What are you willing to pay?
  • by sue Location: philadelphia on Mar 15, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    oh god nancy are you serious? how much will you take? it is worth paying for.
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Mar 12, 2010 at 07:13 PM
    REALLY NANCY? Well how much will you take for them? I am willing to pay. Ready to make a deal?
  • by nancy Location: philadelphia on Mar 12, 2010 at 10:26 AM
    i know who five of the families are. and i am willing to give the names for the right price.
  • by Jay on Mar 10, 2010 at 04:41 PM
    "So far, the allegations in the letters have proven to be false." So who cares who the families are. some people need to mind there own business.
  • by steve Location: phila, ms on Mar 9, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    the police department should have nothing to do with goes on at the country club. the country club is in the county (not city limits) and is under the sheriffs dept jurisdiction! so the "so called" philadelphia police have no business on the country club property.
  • by Nancy Location: philadelphia on Mar 8, 2010 at 06:25 PM
    OK "GUY SOUTH OF I-20" yes i would want my name out there. it would only help business prospects. So i guess i turned this around.
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