Pair charged in Stevie Wonder 'extortion plot'
- 12 May 2012
- From the section US & Canada
Two people have been arrested in the United States and charged with trying to extort money from the singer Stevie Wonder.
Alpha Lorenzo Walker and his girlfriend Tamara Eileen Diaz threatened to reveal "embarrassing information" about the star, officials in Los Angeles said.
Both deny the accusations and are in custody awaiting a preliminary hearing on 16 May.
A judge will decide if there is enough evidence for the two to stand trial.
LA district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said that Mr Walker contacted Stevie Wonder's representatives and claimed to have embarrassing information about the musician.
Detectives organised a sting operation and the pair were arrested, she said.
Officials said Mr Walker had identified himself as a relative of Stevie Wonder.
Police have not released any additional details about the investigation.