Macomb native helps nab international extortionist

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — A convicted extortionist from Jamaica chose the wrong target to scam – William Webster, the former head of the FBI and the CIA.

Prosecutors say Kaniel Aeon Thomas threatened to kill Webster and his wife Lynda, a native of Macomb, four years ago, unless they paid him thousands of dollars.

He made the threats in multiple phone calls after they failed to buy into a lottery scam he pitched them earlier.

However, the Websters contacted the FBI, and had agents listen in during threatening phone calls from Thomas.

He was nabbed after he flew to New York in 2017.

He later pleaded guilty to extortion and received a six-year sentence in Washington on Friday.

The Websters were not revealed as victims until the sentencing, when they appeared in the courtroom.

Officials say Thomas stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from about 30 other elderly victims.

Lynda Webster told the judge she and her husband felt lucky they had a few friends that could be helpful.

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