Hi, We are being extorted and harassed by a former friend over a real estate deal. I would like to send a cease and desist letter to avoid getting a restraining order or pressing criminal charges against her and her daughter. I have included a draft of what I want to send below. I just need to know if this is a good idea or not and if there is anything that we should add or delete. Cease and Desist Her name, You have threatened me, my family, our mutual friend (name), my credit, my job, my wife’s retirement account, broke into our house, change the locks without our permission, interfered with the workers at our house (locked them out and locked up their equipment; thereby stopping them from working), continually harassed and extorted us. We recently met with officials at the Police Department, City Attorney’s Office (Criminal Division) and District Attorney’s Office to discuss evidence regarding the following crimes: Criminal Trespass CA Penal Code Section § 422PC Penalty 16 months in prison Vandalism CA Penal Code Section § 594PC Penalty up to 1 yr in jail Burglary CA Penal Code Section § 459PC Penalty up to 6 yrs in prison Extortion CA Penal Code Sections § 518PC – 527PC Penalty up to 4 yrs in prison The conclusion of the meetings were if we are willing to press charges against you for the crimes listed above the Police are willing to make an arrest and the District Attorney’s Office is willing to prosecute. Extortion is also a Federal Crime which can be charged separately. Additionally, Aneka may be charge as an accessory. name and name you are here by ordered to immediately Cease and Desist all communication with husband, wife and son, as well as, mutual friend. You are further ordered to stop extorting, harassing, threatening, libeling, slandering husband, wife and son, as well as, mutual friend and interfering with the contractors at address , CA zip. We have performed all of our obligations under the original contract: 1. We gave you $25,000 down when escrow open (which you cashed) 2. We assumed the obligation for paying your mortgage (starting July 15, 2014) (which you cashed) 3. We gave you the final down payment of $8,105 ($10,000 –$1,895 toward closing costs) (which you cashed) You are hereby notified that under our assumption agreement you are no longer required to make payments to Bank as we have assumed the responsibility for making those payments (as of July 15, 2014 which you accepted). Any payments that you make toward the mortgage that we have assumed responsibility for will be considered a gift and will not be reimbursed. If you continue to extort, harass, threaten, libel, slander, or interfere with husband, wife and son, as well as, mutual friend or any of the contractors or workers we will be forced to contact the authorities and press charges.
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