NW Indiana couple sentenced to federal prison in extortion plot

April 27, 2012 2:53:14 PM PDT
A northwest Indiana couple has been sentenced to federal prison for an extortion plot.

Juan Hacha of Hammond will spend just over seven years in prison. His wife, Ixchel Guadalupe Solano, received 3 and a half years.

Federal prosecutors say the couple extorted $54,000 from a Chicago man who had a previous relationship with Solano.

The couple made threats over the phone to make the victim believe Solano and her children would be harmed unless the victim paid the money.