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FL man sentenced on charges of extorting Carbondale man


A man from Florida has been sentenced to prison after allegedly extorting a Carbondale businessman for more than five years, out of more than $200,000.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois announced Wednesday that James W. Russell, 36, of Lake Worth, Fl., was sentenced in the United States District Court in Benton, Illinois on one count of extortion.

Russell was sentenced to 18 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Russell was also ordered to pay full restitution to the victim of his crime.

At the time of his guilty plea, Russell admitted that beginning in February 2008, he extorted money from a man who operated a business in Carbondale, Il., by threatening to expose certain activities of the businessman, who was not named.

Russell convinced the business owner to provide cash payments and Russell forced the victim to pay for various things on h is behalf, including purchasing a car, a motorcycle, and a boat for him to live on in Florida.

The extortion continued for a period of more than five years.

The total amount of cash payments and expenses paid by the victim was $204,484.64.

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