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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

OPRAH WINFREYs Extortion Case

An Atlanta, Georgia man accused of targeting OPRAH WINFREY in an alleged $1.5 million (£769,000) extortion plot has waived his right to appear before a federal magistrate at a preliminary hearing.
KEIFER BONVILLAIN, 36, decided against appearing at a hearing on Monday (08JAN07) and the case will most likely go directly to a grand jury who will be asked to determine whether there is enough evidence to warrant a trial.
Bonvillain was arrested in Atlanta on 15 December (06) and released on $20,000 bail (£10,000).
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According to the criminal complaint filed in US District Court, he is accused of approaching "a public figure and the owner of a Chicago-based company" and threatening to release potentially damaging recorded phone conversations.
Bonvillain's attorney, KENT CARLSON, insists the whole thing is a misunderstanding, saying, "There is nothing to it. It's nothing. It was a big mix-up."

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