Woman accused of $75,000 blackmail scheme
A woman appeared in Magistrates’ Court yesterday accused of a blackmail demand for $75,000 from a father and daughter.
Lu Zhao, 35, was charged with making an “unwarranted demand with menaces” to the man between May 19 and June 12.
She was also charged with making a demand for cash from his 36-year-old daughter on June 22.
The court heard that Ms Zhao, from Paget, was alleged to have asked for a total of $75,000 from the two, also from Paget, in exchange for not going to police to claim the father had assaulted her.
She was said in court to have been given $25,000 by the man, but did not get any money from his daughter.
Ms Zhao did not enter a plea as the case must be heard in the Supreme Court.
Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe adjourned the case until August 3 and released the defendant on $10,000 bail.
He also ordered her to hand over her passport and to have no contact with the alleged victims.
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