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Man Accused of Trying to Extort Mentor Business

Geno Battaia threatened to spread rumors about a former employer if they did not give him money, according to police

An Eastlake man is accused of trying to extort a Mentor business.

Geno Battaia, 31, was arraigned on a count of extortion Thursday in .

On Oct. 11, Battaia sent an email to , his former employer, and threatened to spread harmful rumors about the business unless it gave him money, Mentor Police Capt. Ken Gunsch said.

Battaia turned himself in on a warrant. Consequently, Judge John Trebets released him on a personal bond.

If convicted of extortion, Battaia could face between one and five years in prison.

Battaia has a criminal history. In 2007, he was convicted of assaulting two Willoughby police officers and sentenced to a year in prison.

Pathfinder December 04, 2011 at 04:14 PM
In an email? Really? What a genius.....

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