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Calif. man's W.Va. extortion trial set for January

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The trial of a California man accused of trying to extort $13 million from a West Virginia coal executive has been delayed.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger signed an order Tuesday postponing the trial of West Hollywood resident Vivek Shah until Jan. 7, 2013. Shah's attorney requested the delay, but no details are available because all court records are sealed.

The 25-year-old aspiring actor was indicted in August on charges that he threatened to kill relatives of Foresight Reserves owner Christopher Cline if Cline refused to pay him.

Cline has homes in Beckley and North Palm Beach, Fla.

Shah allegedly targeted four other wealthy but unnamed victims, including a film studio co-founder from Connecticut, two oil and gas millionaires in Texas and Florida, and an Internet company founder from Chicago.


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