Chappaqua Couple Accused of Extorting Money
The Westchester County (New York, US) District Attorney's Office announced on November 8, 2010 that, a Chappaqua (New York) couple Vickram Bedi and Helga Invarsdottir were accused of first degree Grand Larceny for swindling money from the victim, Roger Davidson, as reported by Westchester on November 9, 2010.
Roger Davidson is a famous pianist and jazz musician. Besides, he is legal beneficiary to the multinational oil field company of his family.
The scheme dates back to August 2004, when Roger's system developed a computer virus. Roger was concerned regarding the important documents, photographs, and more significantly the music he had composed and stored on the computer, so he took the system to the couple's shop (Datalink Computer Services) to get it fixed.
Vickram Bedi confirmed the presence of virus in Roger's system, as reported by Westchester on November 9, 2010.
But being aware of Roger's high profile background, Mr. Bedi turned a normal client call into a multimillion dollar scam.
Therefore, when Davidson inquired Vickram regarding the removal of virus from his system, Mr. Bedi told Roger that his system had been attacked with such a dangerous virus that it had also damaged the shop's systems.
Prosecutors highlighted that, Mr. Bedi told Mr. Davidson that he had found out the source of the system virus to an isolated village in Honduras and that Mr. Bedi's uncle, supposedly an Indian Military officer, had gone there via a military aircraft and recovered the suspicious hard disk.
Further, as per the prosecutors, Mr. Bedi told Mr. Davidson that his uncle had unveiled a murder plan against Mr. Davidson by Polish priests associated with the Opus Dei (an organization of the Catholic Church).
Thus, Bedi persuaded Mr. Davidson to not only start paying for system's security and data recovery, but also for essential personal physical safety.
The District Attorney's Office in his judgment said that, around $6 Million were extorted by the couple; however, the amount may increase on further investigation, as reported by Lohud on November 8, 2010.
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