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Judge sentences woman to 3 years in prison for $3M extortion plot against family that founded Claire’s

By Daphne Duret - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

There was a hint of incredulity in Circuit Judge Karen Miller’s voice Friday when she repeated Camille Brown’s claims that an undercover investigator had lured her into a $3 million extortion plot against the former owners of the Claire’s Stores empire.

Brown sounded, in Miller’s opinion, rather assertive and matter-of-fact in her negotiations aimed at trading the money for a series of letters exposing the darkest family secrets of Rowland and Sylvia Schaefer, letters Brown threatened to hand over to the highest-bidding media outlet in an email to the couple’s daughter Bonnie Schaefer after Brown’s mother was unceremoniously fired as the elderly couple’s caregiver.

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