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California man to be arraigned in state extortion plot

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A California man accused of trying to extort $13 million from a West Virginia coal executive is set for arraignment in U.S. District Court in Beckley.

Court filings show that West Hollywood resident Vivek Shah was scheduled to appear today before Magistrate Clarke VanDervort.

Records in the case have been sealed, but the 25-year-old aspiring actor was indicted in August on charges he threatened to kill relatives of Foresight Reserves owner Christopher Cline if Cline refused to pay him.

Cline has homes in Beckley and North Palm Beach, Fla.

Shah allegedly targeted four other wealthy but unnamed victims, including a film studio co-founder from Connecticut, two oil and gas millionaires in Texas and Florida, and an internet company founder from Chicago.

His trial is set for next year.

 


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