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An Ohio woman was charged with theft last week after police located a vat of stolen bull semen in her garage.
Prosecutors allege that Karen Saum of Springfield stole $110,000 worth of frozen bull semen from her former employer, Genetic Connections, as part of an elaborate extortion plan.
Her apparent goal was to force the company to help her start a business of her own.
Genetic Connections is a sort of fertility clinic for the veterinary world, providing the dairy and beef industries with quality seed.
The stolen bull semen, when it disappeared on June 24, was amongst the facility's most valuable, reports AOL News, and as a former employee, Karen Saum knew exactly where it find it.
It's clear that Saum is facing some hefty theft charges, as $110,000 worth of frozen seed catapulted her into felony territory, but what about the alleged extortion plan?
Ohio's extortion statute specifically prohibits making another person believe that you will cause serious harm to their property for the purpose of obtaining a valuable thing or benefit.
While her alleged plan was likely to threaten destruction in exchange for financial assistance with a business, it's unclear whether Karen Saum actually conveyed her extortion plot to her former employer.
If she never actually told Genetic Connections that she had the frozen bull semen, and that she wanted money or help for its return, she technically didn't commit extortion.
However, the stolen bull semen, along with whatever evidence police may have found of an extortion plot, may be enough to nail Karen Saum for attempt.
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