Philly man charged with threats on Giants coach

August 14, 2008 12:01:34 PM PDT
A Philadelphia man has been charged with trying to blackmail New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin by threatening to expose a fictitious sexual tryst. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that 30-year-old Herbert Alex Simpson sent Coughlin a pair of phony letters from two women last month.

The letters demanded the coach pay $20,000 to $30,000 or his life would be made "a living hell by doing something to (his) family."

The women named in the letters told federal investigators the handwriting was Simpson's. He was a former co-worker.

Authorities say Simpson wanted revenge against the two women over a work-related issue and never thought the coach would get the letters.

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