Two men charged with violating the $5,000 alimony their children’s mother has asked of them over the death of the woman’s boyfriend
The US attorney in New York has said he has indicted four men on charges of kidnapping and conspiracy in an extortion scheme linked to an alleged murder-for-hire attempt to keep the woman’s ex-boyfriend quiet.
Syre Cornell-Cotman said in a statement on Monday that the men conspired with their former spouse to demand $750,000 from her new boyfriend to silence him after he reported Cornell-Cotman’s then-boyfriend to police for allegedly attempting to attack him with a stun gun.
The four men are accused of threatening to kill Cornell-Cotman’s boyfriend and threatening to physically harm her and their two young children.
One of the men is accused of renting a car with the intent to retrieve the money and the other three are accused of offering their own vehicles to aid in the operation.
Cornell-Cotman said she is the wife of former Canadian Olympian Donald Pfieffer, who won the silver medal in the 200m freestyle at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and helped Canada win silver and bronze medals in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.
She said the two men charged in the latest case – David Joseph Bolinsky and Tania Alice Clifton – were Pfieffer’s friends.
The former athlete was previously charged in 2004 in the attempted murder of his ex-wife. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was fined $30,000.
The third man charged in the alleged extortion scheme, Richard Aiman Naab, was indicted in 2003 in New York on charges of felony possession of a firearm and falsifying business records in an unrelated investigation. He was found not guilty of those charges in a lower Manhattan federal court in 2004, and sent back to New York state prison, according to court records.
Authorities said the most recent arrests were the result of a six-month investigation that involved information from several “liaisons”, or “sources”.