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Two arrested in Stevie Wonder extortion plot

(Reuters) – Stevie Wonder’s nephew has been arrested

and charged with an extortion scheme against the singer, Los Angeles prosecutors said on

Friday.

Stevie Wonder 

plays the harmonica as he performs the song Alfie during a concert in the East Room of the White House, 

May 9, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Stevie Wonder

plays the harmonica as he performs the song Alfie during a concert in the East Room of the White House,

May 9, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Alpha Lorenzo

Walker, 38, was arrested on May 2, along with another alleged conspirator, Tamara Eileen Diaz. The pair

had threatened to reveal information they claimed would be embarrassing to the “Superstition” singer

unless he met their demands, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said.

Celebrity website

TMZ.com, citing law enforcement sources, said the pair demanded $5 million from Wonder and threatened

to go to the media with a tale of incest. They later lowered the sum to $10,000 and were arrested by

undercover police posing as representatives of the musician.

The District Attorney’s

spokeswoman declined to comment on the nature or details of the alleged extortion plot.

Walker

and Diaz have pleaded not guilty to extortion but are being held in jail awaiting a preliminary hearing

next week that will determine whether there is enough evidence for a full trial.

(Reporting By

Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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Two arrested in Stevie Wonder extortion plot