Pair accused of trying to extort Stevie Wonder

LOS ANGELES - A woman who falsely claimed to be Stevie Wonder's nephew and the man's girlfriend pleaded no contest Monday to attempting to extort the legendary singer.Alpha Lorenzo Walker and Tamara Eileen Diaz, both 38, were arrested May 2 after an LAPD investigation. Deputy district attorney Frances Young said Walker made false claims regarding Stevie Wonder and his family members. He threatened to sell that erroneous information unless Stevie Wonder paid him $5 million. Walker and Diaz were sentenced to 292 days in county jail. Walker was ordered to attend mental health treatments at least two times a week while he is on probation. Diaz must complete 78 Narcotics Anonymous classes and attend at least three times a week. She was also placed on three years formal probation.

********** Published: October 4, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 25