Friday, February 11, 2011

Woman charged in elderly extortion case

Why Would A Woman Lie About Rape, Part 783. Answer: Cash

SALISBURY -- A Salisbury woman was charged with theft and extortion after she allegedly siphoned thousands of dollars from an 86-year-old man, according to police.

Robin Lee Capper, 46, of East Church Street was taken into custody Saturday on an outstanding warrant for extortion, extortion by false accusation, theft and theft scheme after the victim alleged she threatened to report false rape allegations to police if he didn't give her cash.

If she is convicted of extortion, Capper could face up to 10 years in prison -- the maximum penalty under state law.

Capper is being held on $20,000 bond at the Wicomico County Detention Center following a bail review hearing Tuesday morning.

According to court documents, the victim paid Capper an estimated $10,000 in cash and checks from July through November.

The victim reported the alleged scheme to Salisbury police on Nov. 30, according to charging documents. An arrest warrant was issued in January.

The victim met Capper about six months ago and she occasionally stayed at his home; however, they did not have intercourse, according to police interviews with the victim.

He alleges Capper asked him for $50 on numerous occasions and threatened to tell police he raped her if he didn't pay. The victim said he wrote her several checks and paid her bond for an unrelated arrest.

The extortion and theft charges are the most recent filed against Capper. Her previous convictions include one for drug possession ---- not marijuana, in April. She was sentenced to time served of 211 days in jail.

She was also convicted of prostitution in 2008 and was sentenced to time served of 151 days in jail.
A District Court hearing related to the extortion charges is scheduled for February.