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Man tried to extort 2m yuan from boss

A MAN accused of trying to squeeze 2 million yuan (US$312,458) from his boss by threatening to use a remote control aircraft to blow up the company has been charged with extortion, Baoshan District prosecutors said yesterday.

The suspect, surnamed Liao, sent an anonymous e-mail to the boss on October 20 in which he pretended to be the owner of a laboratory studying structural mechanics and blasting. The e-mailer said he needed the money to pay his father's medical bills.

The e-mail gave no hint about the relationship between the extortionist and the boss, prosecutors said.

The boss said he ignored the e-mail at first. Six days later, he received a text message with several pictures of remote control planes, detonators and bombs that scared him, so he went to police.

"It seems you doubt about my ability. I am very angry and you will have to pay at the cost of your employees' lives," the message said.

Police quickly targeted Liao, an employee of the company whose uncle was in the late stages of cirrhosis, prosecutors said.

Liao told police he wanted to help his uncle but had no money. He downloaded the pictures from the Internet and bought a phone card to send the message.

Liao was caught on the same day he sent the text message, before he had received any reply from the boss.


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