Lethbridge man charged with extortion of senior citizen

Lethbridge Police have charged a 22-year-old man with extortion following an incident where a senior citizen was directed to leave an envelope full of cash in the wheel well of her vehicle or face negative consequences.

On June 21, 2016 at approximately 10:30 a.m. police responded to a report that an unknown suspect had left a letter at the residence of a 69-year-old woman demanding a significant amount of cash to pay an outstanding debt her deceased husband supposedly owed. The letter contained specific instructions not to involve police, where the money should be left and a deadline to put it there. The letter went on to threaten that if the victim did not comply there would be negative consequences for her and her family.

Police subsequently conducted a sting operation and the subject was arrested without incident after he attended the victim’s vehicle to retrieve a decoy envelope.

Further investigation confirmed there was no debt owed to anyone by the victim’s late husband. The rouse was for the personal gain of the accused.

Andrew Jordan Geall, 22, is charged with one count of extortion. Geall was remanded in custody to appear in court today.