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Hillside Man Tried to Extort Berkeley Heights Woman, Alleges UC Prosecutor's Office

Police say Lee Toucheque, 62, claimed he had information about the woman that he would release if she did not make a $10,000 donation to his organization.

This release was received from the Union County Prosecutor's Office.

Authorities arrested a Hillside, N.J. man earlier today and charged him with 3RD Degree Theft by Extortion, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Members of the Union County Prosecutor's Office were contacted by a Berkeley Heights, N.J. woman earlier this month, who said a man had called her residence and claimed that he had information of a criminal nature against her son. The caller, later identified as Lee Toucheque DOB: 3/31/1950 of Hillside, claimed to be acting on behalf of the alleged victim's family and said that they would not contact the authorities if the woman made a $10,000 donation to a non-profit organization.

After ending the initial call, Toucheque contacted the Berkeley Heights resident two additional times the following day, February 6, 2013. At that point, the Berkeley Heights woman contacted the Prosecutor's Office and an investigation was launched.

Later that same evening Toucheque arrived at the woman's home seeking the payment. An undercover officer acting as the resident provided Toucheque with an envelope and received a receipt from the Burlington County Taxpayer's Association, bearing his signature, in return.

After the interaction at the Berkeley Heights residence, the investigation continued and could not corroborate Toucheque's claims of there being a victim, or of a crime occurring. The investigation further revealed that the Burlington County Taxpayer's Association, is headquartered at Toucheque's Hillside address, and filings show he runs the organization.

"This defendant was a fraud and sought to profit on lies," said Romankow. "It is unclear why he targeted this family."

Toucheque works as a school transportation driver and was arrested at his place of employment earlier today. He was transported to the Union County Jail for processing and was later released on his own recognizance. A first court appearance will be scheduled in the coming days.

These criminal charges are mere accusations.  The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Kevin February 19, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Another outstanding member of the Tea Party is apparently heading to prison.
wookfish April 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM
you really are a fu(king a$$hole
Kevin April 10, 2013 at 01:43 PM
That is a compliment from anyone who supports this Tea Bagger.
wookfish April 10, 2013 at 02:18 PM
don't support a thief..just crazy how far a leftist liberal will push a cause...please feel free to leave the country you so want to change
Kevin April 10, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Why leave? We are running this country and will continue to as our majority grows.
wookfish April 10, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Not running, ruining

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