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Blackmail and Extortion

Eastern Shore commissioner charged with extortion

Eastern Shore commissioner charged with extortion

A Princess Anne Town Commissioner is charged after Maryland State police said he tried to extort $5,000 from a Somerset County Commissioner.

Police have charged Commissioner Lionel D. Frederick II, 25, with three counts of extortion and theft, according to state police.

Police said Frederick had contacted a Somerset County Commissioner and said he had someone who would run for the commissioner's seat, but he would convince the person not to run if the commissioner paid him $5,000.

The county commissioner, who police did not name, told police on Monday about the offer.

Police had the county commissioner arrange to meet with Frederick at his home on Monday and pay...