Man Accused of Extortion Back in Court

Local - 12/5/2012 5:11 PM
A judge hears why a California man accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from a West Virginia coal executive wants to fire his lawyers.

Vivek Shah, 25, appeared in front of U.S. Magistrate Clarke Vandervort this morning in Beckley.  Federal court records in the case are sealed, but the docket report shows the aspiring actor filed a motion last week to relieve his attorney and represent himself.  Shah was indicted in August on charges he threatened to kill relatives of Foresight Reserves owner Christopher Cline if he refused to pay him $13 million.  He also allegedly targeted four other wealthy victims. 

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