Jared Paul Stern, a freelance gossip columnist, is under investigation by the FBI for an extortion attempt involving billionaire Ron Burkle. Stern allegedly demanded $100,000 from Burkle, plus a regular stipend of $10,000, to not write any damaging stories about the supermarket magnate.
NYP: Sources close to the investigation say the FBI has been investigating for two weeks and has Stern on video and audiotapes.
NYDN: On Monday, Stern emailed instructions to a designated Burkle employee for a $100,000 down payment to be wired to his New York City bank account, and during the week sent more emails wondering where his money was.
FBNY: Burkle rumored to be one of the possible investors for Radar's third launch.
NYT: "Should the allegations prove true," Post EIC Col Allan said, "Mr. Stern's conduct would be morally and journalistically reprehensible, a gross abuse of privilege, and in violation of the New York Post's standards and ethics."
Now, if only I'd emailed Bat Segundo BEFORE the contest for a little hush money!!
A day late, and truly a dollar short.
Miss Snark retires to her counting house to dream up new schemes.