Livingston county man arrested after extortion attempt

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Caledonia man is facing charges for allegedly trying to damage the reputation of a Rochester businessman.

Authorities say John L. Lyons, posed as a private investigator and sent text messages to the president of the company.

The company is involved in a battle over a family-owned business.

Lyons, posing as an investigator hired by the family business, offered to hand over incriminating information in return for $25,000.

He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.