Police stopped an alleged plot to extort $60,000 from a businessman in Pomona, and arrested four residents of Rockland on conspiracy charges. A team of officers and detectives observed four people go to the victim’s home on Friday, and then arrested them. Two were Clarkstown residents, and two were Spring Valley residents.
Marissa Turner, 22, of 152 W. Clarkstown Rd. New City, was charged with fourth-degree conspiracy and second-degree attempted grand larceny, both felonies. Also charged with the same felonies were Jaime Umana-Lemus, 22, of 30 S. Main St. Spring Valley, Andy Negri, 25, of 18 Maplewood Gardens Nanuet, and Tomoye Walters, 21, of 49 Ewing Ave. Spring Valley.
All four suspects were held on Monday on $100,000 bail in the Rockland County jail in New City after they were arraigned on the charges in Ramapo Town Court. The extortion plot allegedly came from what was originally a legitimate business deal for tax preparation with the 50-year-old victim and Turner, according to police.
Police said that the victim was performing financial work for Ms. Turner, who is now being accused of trying to extort him. The group of four threatened to harm the victim if he did not come through with the cash they had demanded. The man went to police, who then set up the meeting with the four suspects, so that they could observe and consequently make the arrest.