Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 15, 2014
Man charged for allegedly trying to extort money from his estranged wife

A Tooele man has been charged with a felony for allegedly trying to extort money from his estranged wife.

According to a police report, last month Joseph Scorsone, 44, got into the email account of his wife, to whom he is in the process of divorcing, and allegedly found “intimate” emails and pictures between her and a man who works at the same company as she.

Scorsone allegedly printed the emails and pictures and threatened to take them to the woman’s boss unless she gave him $19,000, according to the report.

The report states that the woman told police $19,000 was her portion of the equity she got from the couple’s home.

When the police officer told Scorsone that such a demand for money was considered extortion and was illegal, Scorsone allegedly said he did not care about the money but would still take the information to the company, according to the report.

Scorsone was charged Thursday with attempted theft by extortion, a third-degree felony. His initial appearance in 3rd District Court is scheduled for April 28.

According to court records, a petition for a divorce was filed against Scorsone on April 9. A request for a protective order against Scorsone was filed two days after the alleged incident. A hearing on that request is scheduled for Friday. 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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