A pretty, young swindler who first met a top Pepsi Bottling Group executive online later anonymously shook him down for $125,000 by threatening to tell his wife, children and bosses he was trolling the 'Net at work for women', shocking court papers reveal. (telling is, in our opinion - GOOD - however EXTORTION is illegal!!)
"I'm sure this will be an unpleasant surprise. I'm sure when your wife finds out that you've been looking for a fill-in for her . . . it will be unpleasant for her, too," Jessica Wolcott, 22, e-mailed multimillionaire exec Gary Wandschneider, 54, in August. Wolcott - who had met the exec face-to-face five months earlier - hid her identity in the threatening missive by using the e-mail account "firstname.lastname@example.org."
"After all these years of being married, this is how you repay your vows?" Wolcott asked Wandschneider, a father of three and executive V.P. for worldwide operations at Westchester-based Pepsi Bottling. "You are disgusting . . . you are pathetic," Wolcott continued in the August e-mail.
Wolcott warned Wandschneider he would end up known as "just another hated Peter Cook" - supermodel Christie Brinkley's cheating hubby - if he didn't pony up the cash.
And when Wandschneider tried to stall by asking for time to gather the $125,000, she warned, "Here's hoping your life is still a living hell and worrying every day that your name will be in the news or on a TV movie for what you've done to your wife."
Wolcott eventually got the funds transferred to her online account - but only after Wandschneider alerted the FBI, which provided the money and set up a sting to nail her.
The feds discovered her identity by determining she sent the e-mails from various locations in Pennsylvania.
When Wandschneider learned her name from FBI agents, he told them he had met her last February through the craigslist.org Web site. A month later, after exchanging e-mails and photos, he met her at a Mount Kisco bar.
The Ridgefield, Conn., man also copped to giving her $30,000 shortly after that meeting because she told him she needed to pay debts.
Although court papers do not identify Wandschneider by name, his identity was confirmed by Pepsi Bottling.
Wolcott pleaded guilty to the extortion scheme in White Plains federal court last week. She was ordered to repay the swindled $125,000 and surrender her computer.
She faces up to two years in prison at her February sentencing, but remains free on bail.
Wandschneider - who admitted to the feds that he used Craigslist and other Web sites to meet other women - could not be reached for comment.
But his wife, Dana, said, "I can't wait for her to be sentenced. You know, extortion is a bad thing." (what about what the HUSBAND did??)
A Pepsi Bottling spokeswoman said the company - the world's largest bottler of Pepsi beverages - learned of the scandal only yesterday and has launched an internal investigation.
Wolcott told thesmokinggun.com Web site, which first reported the case, that she did not have a "relationship" with Wandschneider.
Her lawyer, Susan Brody, told the Web site that Wolcott was "a young girl who has not had an easy life."
When Wandschneider first received an anonymous threatening e-mail on his office computer from Wolcott, she told "Gary" that she knew he had used his work e-mail account on a Web site that catered to wealthy men trying to meet attractive women, court records say.
"I'm sure [Pepsi Bottling] would be very proud to have an employee with such high morals," she wrote. "I don't like cheaters, not at all, men like you become my profession . . . You think you can just [throw] money at some young girl . . . who needs it because you are in a better position and use it to get sex?"Admitting that what she was doing was extortion, Wolcott told Wandschneider she had no criminal record, so that even if she got caught, "I will get a slap on the wrist."
For the story of another corporate executive who used his work computer to find women - and was also CAUGHT but never charged - scroll through this month - LINK. And for a FEDERAL GOVERNMENT employee who used his work computer to find women - scroll through this month - LINK.