Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Colorado State Grad Returns to Work after Blackmail Accusation

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Colorado State Grad Returns to Work after Blackmail Accusation

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NEWARK, NJ. - A Colorado State University graduate accused of blackmailing an Internet company was back at work in the school's chemistry department earlier this month.

Nelson Robert Holcomb declined to discuss his case when reached at a laboratory in Fort Collins, Colo.

Holcomb was arrested May 24 and freed two days later when his bail was reduced from $50,000 to $10,000, both with a 10 percent cash option, says Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office here, which is prosecuting the case.

Holcomb, 36, who also lives in Fort Collins, has waived extradition, so his next court date would be in New Jersey to enter a plea should an indictment be returned.

The FBI accuses Holcomb of trying to extort money, a car and free downloads from a company in Wayne, NJ., that sells digital books over the Internet.

The company received 10 threatening email files from Holcomb's e-mail account in April and May, according to court papers filed in New Jersey by the FBI. …

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