Stevie Wonder’s nephew charged in alleged extortion plot | News

The 38-year-old nephew of Stevie Wonder has been charged with plotting to extort money from the legendary musician, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Alpha Lorenzo Walker and his girlfriend Tamara Eileen Diaz, also 38, have been charged with felony extortion of money and other property by “means of force and threat.” Walker is Wonder’s nephew and threatened to release “embarrassing information” about the singer to tabloids if he didn’t meet the demands. Citing law enforcement sources, TMZ reports that the duo initially demanded $5 million from the singer in exchange for their silence but lowered their price to $10,000 after being rebuffed.

Walker and Diaz were arrested May 2 after being implicated in an undercover sting operation organized by the LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division. Sources familiar with the operation say officers were among the people Walker and Diaz thought were representing Wonder, the Times reports.

The news comes on the heels of Billboard’s announcement that they will be honoring Wonder with their prestigious Icon Award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards on May 20.

Walker and Diaz are pleading not guilty to extortion. Both will be in custody until their May 16 preliminary trial, at which it will be determined if there is enough evidence for a full trial.