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Blackmail woman jailed

Apr 13 2012

A Vancouver caregiver has been jailed for 15 months for trying to shake down her former boss for $2.5 million.

In October 2011, a B.C. Supreme Court jury found Theresa Bagadiong, 47, guilty of one count of extortion in an attempt to blackmail the family of Raymond McLean, a former chief executive of Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd., and a former judge.

After Bagadiong was fired from her job caring for McLean and his ailing wife in October 2009, she was given a $10,000 severance package. But she demanded more money and accused Raymond McLean of sexually assaulting her and threatened to reveal the allegations.

Roderick McLean, the son of the elderly couple - who are now deceased - secretly recorded two conversations with her.

In imposing sentence Tuesday, B.C. Supreme Court Madam Justice Carol Ross said she accepted the Crown's assertion that the accused had fabricated her sexual assault allegations.

The judge noted that there were aggravating factors, including Bagadiong's abuse of her position of trust as a caregiver.

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