Authorities: Ex-cop tried shakedown of Pa. college

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Authorities say a former police officer threatened to expose alleged criminal activity at a Philadelphia-area junior college unless the school waived his son's housing bill.

Prosecutors charged 55-year-old Vincent Gaudini of Philadelphia with extortion and other offenses for allegedly sending a threatening e-mail to Harcum College in Bryn Mawr.

The message said Mr. Gaudini would tell authorities about alleged drugs and guns on campus unless it dropped a $3,000 dorm fee.

Montgomery County authorities say they found no truth in Mr. Gaudini's allegations.

Mr. Gaudini was arraigned Wednesday and released on bail; he could not be reached for comment Friday. He left the Philadelphia police force in 1985 on a disability.

A spokesman for Harcum declined comment.


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