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Woman Indicted In Pitino Extortion Case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A woman accused of trying to extort money
from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has been indicted on charges of extortion and lying to the FBI.

A federal grand jury indicted Karen Cunagin Sypher on Tuesday. Sypher is the estranged wife of Louisville equipment manager Tim Sypher.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court last month says Tim Sypher brought Pitino a written list of demands from his wife including a house, cars and money. It says Sypher wanted college tuition for her children, two cars of her choice, her house paid off and $3,000 per month.

The complaint says those demands were later withdrawn when she
asked for $10 million instead. It isn't clear why she was demanding the money. Court documents say only that Pitino believed it was related to an encounter in 2003.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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