Monday, May 2, 2011

Deputies: False rape claim part of extortion plan

PALM HARBOR - A 19-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday on charges she falsely claimed her father raped her, to win a larger percentage of a sum associated with legal action they were involved in.

Brittany Joy Davis, whose permanent address is in Lake Worth, was charged with extortion. She was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Davis and her father, who lives in Pinellas County, were involved in a lawsuit on the state's east coast, and Davis believed she should get a larger percentage of the award associated with the legal action, Pinellas sheriff's Sgt. Tom Nestor said.

Details of the lawsuit and the amount in dispute were not available.

About 7 p.m. Wednesday, Davis called authorities and claimed her father had raped her at his home in Pinellas County, according to an arrest affidavit.

Within 90 minutes, however, she was recanting, according to the affidavit.

The plan was for her to claim her father raped her, and then, following his arrest, approach him about a larger portion of the monetary award, Nestor said. Once he agreed to her terms, the plan was for her to drop the rape allegation, Nestor said.