EAST PIKELAND -- A Harveys Lake woman was arraigned in Pottstown District Court Tuesday on felony theft by extortion charges after she allegedly threatened to extort $3,000 from a local woman last month.

Emily Patterson, 41, of Harveys Lake, is charged with theft by extortion; harassment; and disorderly conduct.

According to court documents, East Pikeland Police Officer Ken Smith said that he met with the complainant regarding three e-mails sent to her by Patterson around 11 a.m. June 2.

Smith said that he read the three e-mails provided by the complainant, whose name is being withheld by The Phoenix.

"All three e-mails were sent to the victim by Emily Patterson," said Smith. "They were sent from an e-mail registered to Patterson."

Court documents state that

the first e-mail was sent on May 30, 2008, at 11:59 a.m., and it referenced sensitive information of a personal matter regarding the past criminal actions and activity of the victim's husband.

"Patterson stated that she needed $3,000 from the victim to cover the cost of a cleaning bill," said Smith. "(She) stated that if the $3,000 was not paid, the information regarding the victim's husband would be released in a public matter."

Court documents state that Patterson wrote "Today is Friday, May 30. On Wednesday, June 4 if your financial commitment to me has not been met -- I start making phone calls."

The second e-mail, dated May 31, 2008, at 10:51 a.m., states "there is now a program set to execute from a bunch of online sources on Thursday, June 5 at 9 a.m. unless I turn them off."

"(Patterson) also states that 'you'll lose everything'," said Smith.

The third e-mail, sent on June 2, 2008 at 10:13 a.m., states "I don't want to do what you are pushing me into doing. The people you are playing with have a lot to protect. They may be" [angry] "at you when certain others start looking at records."

Smith said that he interviewed Patterson over the phone, and she admitted to him that she did write the e-mails and did have the information mentioned.

An arrest warrant was issued for Patterson on June 3, 2008, and she was taken into custody on Tuesday morning.

Patterson was transported to Pottstown, where she was arraigned before Magisterial District Justice James DeAngelo Tuesday morning.

She was released from custody after a relative posted $10,000 cash bail on her behalf.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, July 24, 2008, in Phoenixville District Court.

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