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October 9, 2012

Maid’s daughter charged with extorting family of Claire’s founder in South Florida

Investigators have arrested a Plantation woman on extortion charges for threatening to release embarrassing documents about the family that founded Claire’s stores unless they paid her millions.

Investigators have arrested a Plantation woman on extortion charges for threatening to release embarrassing documents about the family that founded Claire’s stores unless they paid her millions.

The investigation began in September when a representative of the Rowland Schaefer family contacted agents in the Miami office of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The family said they received an email in which Camille Brown, the daughter of their former housekeeper, claimed she had derogatory information and threatened to release it to the highest bidding media outlet unless the family paid her $3 million, according to an FDLE news release.

Undercover FDLE agents, acting as representatives of the Schaefer family, made contact with the defendant where she claimed she had the embarrassing documents.

The agents agreed to the demands and set up a meeting with Brown on Tuesday to discuss payment transfers.

Brown, 31, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Boynton Beach after that meeting. She was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.

Schaefer is the founder of Claire’s, which has more than 3,000 stores across the globe selling jewelry, accessories and stuff animals to teens and tweens. Its headquarters are in Pembroke Pines.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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