Local Woman Charged After Bizarre Extortion Plot Unravels

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A Central Texas woman was jailed Monday, charged in connection with a bizarre extortion plot that targeted a former coworker whose husband is a retired state trooper.

Sarah Regina Pollard (Jail photo)

GATESVILLE (May 13, 2013)-A Coryell County woman was held Monday in the Coryell County Jail after she was arrested and charged in connection with a bizarre extortion plot that targeted a former coworker whose husband is a retired Department of Public Safety trooper.

Sarah Regina Pollard, 45, was ordered held in lieu of $150,000 bond charged with aggravated robbery, Coryell County Jail records showed.

McLennan County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Cawthon said his department and the Texas Rangers began looking into the alleged plot last Thursday after the retired trooper brought it to their attention.

Cawthon said Pollard was arrested after Rangers and deputies served a search warrant Friday at her Coryell County home.

Authorities recovered several items connected to what they say was a scheme to steal almost $30,000 from the former coworker, who was approached by a woman who told her that they both were targets of a Mexican drug cartel, Cawthon said.

The woman told the victim that unless they handed over about $30,000 each, their children would be kidnapped, sodomized and then injected with AIDS-tainted blood.

The plot called for the victim to drive across the twin bridges on Highway 6 over Lake Waco, throw a waterproof sack containing some cash and a cashier's check into the lake and then drive on.

But after the victim's husband reported the plot, Cawthon said deputies constructed a "map" of the plan, the details of which led to the search of Pollard’s home where a computer printer some printed copies of letters were recovered.

Cawthon said the case will be prosecuted in Coryell County because that is where Polalrd was arrested.

Coryell County District Attorney Dustin Boyd said Texas Rangers did a phenomenal job on the investigation.

Boyd said his office plans to take the case to grand jury as quickly as possible.

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