Extortionist released after hearing
A woman charged with extorting a former Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. executive she met on the Internet was released this week after a hearing in White Plains on allegations she violated terms of her bail.
U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Karas chose not to order Jessica Wolcott, 23, held after court officers reported she violated her bail conditions by conducting winery tours, walking hiking trails and cutting an electronic monitoring bracelet off her leg.
An investigator who made a spot visit to Wolcott’s home also reported seeing empty beer and wine bottles, though a condition of her bail is that she not drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
Wolcott is scheduled to be sentenced next month on charges she shook down Gary Wandschneider, who was an executive vice president with Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. in Somers. The two met on a Web site that pairs wealthy men with woman.
Wolcott, who has pleaded guilty to extortion, met Wandschneider at a bar in Mount Kisco and asked him for $30,000 to cover debts. He gave her the money but she later demanded $125,000 and threatened to disclose their relationship to WandschneiderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s family and employer if he did not pay up.
Wandschneider reported Wolcott to the FBI, which charged her last year. Wandschneider left his job at Pepsi Bottling after the company conducted an investigation into whether he used his work computer for non-work purposes.