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UK: Jail for Fife woman who extorted cash from innocent man in sex offender smear campaign

[thecourier.co.uk – 4/19/21]

A woman who threatened to brand an innocent man a sex offender to extort thousands of pounds and a TV set has been jailed for more than two and a half years.

Sharon McDonald targeted the man on numerous occasions over a ten-month period.

Previously at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court, McDonald admitted extorting £2,700 and the electrical equipment out of her target.

On Monday, Sheriff William Gilchrist sentenced McDonald to 31 months in prison.

McDonald, who had already been remanded in custody since before Christmas, had her sentence backdated to November 16 2020.

Between September 2019 and June 2020, McDonald menaced her victim multiple times by repeatedly attempting to enter his house in Leven, while threatening him with violence.

The 38-year-old also threatened to spread lies and falsely tell people he was a sex offender.

Her victim ended up making trips to ATMs to withdraw money for her, as well as handing over a television set from his house.

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I can think of no other crime that has so easily been weaponized for people to extort and ruin one another. Maybe as more of these schemes are perpetrated against those in our highest levels of government will they get the picture we have gone way too far in our efforts to reduce sexual violence. Maybe then they will make some sensible reforms.

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