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Extortionist gets 15 months in federal prison

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A Lake Station resident was sentenced to more than a year in federal prison after pleading guilty to two counts of mailing threatening communications demanding money in exchange for not ruining the recipients’ reputations, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Desanka Henrichs, 60, was sentenced to 15 months in prison and one year of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

According to the indictment, Henrichs was originally charged with three counts of mailing threatening communications.

In each of the three cases, Henrichs mailed a letter in August 2009 in which the threat was made to tell “the general public” that the recipient—or a member of the recipient’s family—had or was having an extra-marital affair, with the intention of extorting money from the recipient.

Posted 7/9/2012