Today, Yuletide visits from the ghosts of Crime Waves past.
Such as: attempted extorter Robert Halderman. According to tapes that prosecuters released yesterday, he apparently believed Dave Letterman might try to kill him.
“As I said to you, the only way to be sure I never talk to anybody is for somebody to kill me,” Halderman hold Letterman’s lawyer, according to the Daily News. “Well, you know, I don’t want that to happen.”
The Post quotes him saying of Letterman, “I’m not sure how crazy this guy is, or um, how dangerous he might be.”
Which seems like something that could easily be said of the would-be extortionist himself.
Meanwhile, Andrew Cuomo has gotten an injunction against lovably scammy fake charity the United Homeless Organization. The injunction will remain in effect through January 11th, and requires that the group remove its tables from the streets.
“Jugheads, Beg Off,” says the Post.
Mr. Cuomo’s aides emphasized on Tuesday that the office supported responsible giving and wanted New Yorkers to give to legitimate charities that help the hungry, homeless and needy.
And former city councilman Miguel Martinez has been found guilty of stealing $106,000 and sentenced to five years in prison. Some of that money, Reports The Times, “was intended for nonprofit organizations.”