Stevie Wonder's Nephew Charged With Extortion

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Stevie Wonder was recently the targeted victim in an extortion plan, led by his nephew and a female accomplice. According to the Associated Press, the police arranged a sting surrounding the two individuals, Alpha Lorenzo Walker and his girlfriend Tamara Eileen Diaz, who claimed to have incriminating information on the Songs in the Key of Life singer. The pair were arrested on May 2 and remain in jail.


The Associated Press reports:

Both have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to appear in court on May 16 for a hearing in which a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence for them to stand trial.


According to a felony complaint, Walker and Diaz attempted to obtain money from the Grammy-winning musician, who is identified by his birth name, Steveland Morris. An email message sent to Wonder's studio was not immediately returned Friday.

Walker, 38, was on probation at the time of his arrest after pleading no contest to grand theft in May 2011. A judge issued a suspended three-year prison sentence in that case and he is due in court for a probation violation hearing May 31.

Read more at the Associated Press.

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