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UPDATE: Calif. man faces up to 87 months in extortion scheme

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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- A California man who allegedly tried to extort $13 million from a West Virginia coal company executive has entered a guilty plea.

Vivek Shah pleaded guilty to one count of transmitting threatening communication and seven counts of mailing threatening communication.

Shah could be sentenced to up to 87 months in prison.

WVVA News was at the court in Beckley and will have more information this evening at 5 and 6.

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- A California man who allegedly tried to extort $13 million from a West Virginia coal company executive is headed to court.

Aspiring actor Vivek Shah is scheduled to appear Thursday for a plea hearing before U.S. District Judge Irene Berger in Beckley.

The 25-year-old from West Hollywood is charged with threatening to kill relatives of Christopher Cline, owner of Foresight Reserves, if Cline refused to pay up.

Shah also allegedly targeted four other wealthy but unnamed victims, including a film studio co-founder from Connecticut, oil and gas millionaires in Texas and Florida, and an Internet company founder of an internet company in Chicago.

Federal prosecutors won't identify those victims, and Berger has sealed court filings that would offer other details. She's also issued a gag order on the attorneys.

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