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Boston woman is accused of extorting lawyer to pay for breast implants

Posted May 17, 2013 7:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A lawyer’s cooperation with police led to the arrest of a Boston woman accused of trying to extort him to pay for breast implants.

Deborah Yi, 24, has pleaded not guilty to extortion by false claim, report the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. She was arraigned on Wednesday and released on her own recognizance.

Prosecutors say the lawyer had brushed Yi with his car while making a turn on Sunday, and she told him she was not injured. He exchanged contact information and reported the incident to state police.

An hour after the incident, prosecutors allege, Yi called the lawyer and said she would press charges unless he gave her $7,000 for the augmentation surgery. Over the next two days, the lawyer told police, Yi called or texted him 10 times demanding the money.

The lawyer met with Yi on Tuesday and wore a wire to allow police to monitor their conversation. He handed her an envelope with $3,000, according to the allegations, and Yi demanded another $3,500 by the next day.

The lawyer is not identified in the stories.

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