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.