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Prosecutors say Pitino extortion worth millions

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Karen Sypher Karen Sypher

LOUISVILLE, KY. (AP) - Prosecutors say the woman convicted of trying to extort University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino sought at least $2.5 million and potentially more than $7million.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Ford said in a filing on Dec. 31 that, among the things Sypher sought were a home valued at close to $1 million and a $45,000 Lexus SUV from Pitino in exchange for keeping quiet about a sexual tryst between the two in 2003.

Ford filed the information in an objection to a pre-sentence report compiled by federal probation officers in advance of Sypher's Jan. 18 sentencing.

The probation office's report was not made public. Ford noted the probation office's estimated value of some of Sypher's demands were lower than prosecution estimations.

Sypher was convicted in August of three counts of extortion, two counts of lying to the FBI and a count of retaliation against a witness.

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