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Stevie Wonder Extortion Case Ends in Jail Time for Suspects

Man posing as Wonder's nephew sentenced along with his girlfriend

Stevie Wonder
Eamonn McCabe/Redfern
September 26, 2012 7:56 AM ET

A dastardly duo who attempted to extort Stevie Wonder for $5 million have been hit with a 292-day jail sentence, the Los Angeles Times reports. Alpha Lorenzo Walker and his girlfriend Tamara Eileen Diaz, both 38, pleaded no contest to the charge and were released for time served. Walker had posed as Wonder's nephew and threatened to sell false information unless the singer paid him the $5 million.

Wonder's attorney, William Joseph Briggs II, says Walker met him at a coffee shop and presented video footage supposedly of the empty former home of Wonder's deceased mother. Walker claimed Wonder would be "extremely" embarrassed by the footage and demanded payment. Briggs also noticed Diaz nearby their meeting.

Briggs later informed Walker that Wonder was furious about the demand, leading Walker to back down and lower the sum to $500,000 and a confidentially agreement to be signed when $10,000 was paid upfront.

Walker must attend bi-weekly mental health counseling while on probation. while Diaz must complete 78 Narcotics Anonymous classes and received three years formal probation. Both must stay away from Wonder, his family and his co-workers while serving probation.

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