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Accused Cashman stalker indicted

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NEW YORK (AP)

A woman accused of stalking New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and shaking him down for $6,000 has been indicted, prosecutors said Wednesday, but they didn't disclose the charges.

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The indictment against Louise Neathway isn't expected to be made public until a court date next month. The delay is common practice in Manhattan courts.

Regardless, the indictment signaled continuing legal problems for Neathway, a British-born medical sales worker who denies the allegations. Her lawyers have said Cashman made the accusations after a romance between the two soured.

The indictment also encompasses an unrelated 2010 harassment case against Neathway, who also goes by Louise Meanwell. The earlier case had been on track to be dismissed until she was rearrested Feb. 1.

In the 2010 case, a man who said he'd met Neathway twice accused her of barraging him with phone calls and emails, lurking outside his Manhattan apartment and hacking into his email account.

Neathway, 36, also is on probation from a 2008 New Jersey trespassing conviction. There, she was accused of sending a man as many as 200 text messages in a weekend, prosecutors said.

Neathway's lawyer Rory Bellantoni declined to comment on Wednesday, as did a spokesman for Cashman.

Neathway, however, told the New York Post in a phone call from jail on Sunday that she had elected to testify before the grand jury.

''What Brian's doing to me is awful. I just don't get it. If I've been harassing him, he's been harassing me as well - it's a two-way street,'' she told the newspaper in the latest of a series of remarks from behind bars to the city's tabloids, though she added that a judge had ordered everyone involved in the case to keep quiet.

Cashman wrote Neathway an enthusiastic recommendation letter on Yankees letterhead in July, according to reports her lawyer has confirmed. The note said Cashman had known her for six years and had worked with her on several charitable causes.

But prosecutors say that after Cashman tried to cut off contact with Neathway last April, she deluged him with calls and text messages, asked him to pay for a $15,000-plus medical procedure and threatened to damage his reputation if he refused. In response, he put $6,000 into her bank accounts on Jan. 18 and tried again to extricate himself, but she demanded more money for operations, according to a court complaint.

Cashman's wife filed for divorce two days after Neathway was arrested on charges that included grand larceny and stalking. Mary Cashman and her husband had been separated for a year, a person familiar with the family has said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the matter.

Neathway is jailed on $300,000 bond.

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