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Alleged Extortionist Tried to Cash $2 Mil Check

10/2/2009 1:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Manhattan DA's press conference over David Letterman's extortion case just ended -- and revealed Robert "Joe" Halderman was busted after he tried depositing his $2 million check. Which raises the question ... who takes a check?

Letterman presser: Click to watch
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said three meetings were held between Halderman and Letterman's lawyers at the Essex House -- Dave was not present -- and at the 3rd meeting, the check was turned over to Halderman.

Morgenthau says Letterman's lawyer wore a wire -- and the last two meetings were audio taped.

Halderman deposited the check -- which was designed to bounce -- the next morning, yesterday, and was then arrested.

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Oppsishitedovertherainbowtofindthepotofgold    

Congress:(n):

A body of elected officials skilled at conning the American public .

The opposite of progress!

1814 days ago
2.

bob    

OMG! some of you people are sooooo stupid. "go after letterman for a bad check" dude,you're a dumbass. "cheating on his wife" wow! your a toolbag. this was waaaaay before he was married!
Check your facts and your IQ before you comment next time.

1812 days ago
3.

pierre    

To "The Observer" who wrote: "....Perhaps the perp ought to go after Letterman for passing a bad check." Obviously, this was done as a sting in cooperation with the DA. I suggest you read the news before commenting.

1810 days ago
4.

Scott    

show me the money.......

1815 days ago
5.

Fred    

I'll take that in small bills please...

1815 days ago
6.

a lipstick Lesbian    

He should have went to a check cashing shop. Sure you have to pay a little extra fee but what the hey.

1815 days ago
7.

The Observer    

I thought knowingly writing checks that would bounce is illegal? Perhaps the perp ought to go after Letterman for passing a bad check.

1815 days ago
8.

London not England    

WHAT A STUPID "F"ING BONE HEAD...

WHENEVER I BLACKMAIL SOMEONE I ALWAYS TAKE CA$H......!!!!!
OR WIRE TRANSFER TO A SWISS OR CARIBBEAN BANK ACCOUNT....

MORON!

1815 days ago
9.

tenisha    

WHO WATCHS DAVID LETTERMAN! HE IS NOT FUNNY! THAT'S ALL HE HAS ARE LAUGH TRACKS! AND THAT GETS REALLY OLD FAST IF YOUR NOT HIGH!

1815 days ago
10.

kgb    

The fact remains that Letterman is a disgusting pig. What a whore. What a gross guy.
Are we supposed to feel bad for him? Who cares.
If he would have been faithful to the woman he had the baby with this would have all been avoided.
PIG. Hate him.
Always hated his show. Serves him right!
Karma's a bitch.

1815 days ago
11.

bitzod    

WHERE~S HITLER~SS A$$ harvey an`t worried...you know what that means...they joined forces to become the trilate super power`SS

1815 days ago
12.

nightcrawler    

Hey Harvey do you or your staff have any romantic relationships going on there?

1815 days ago
13.

Fan    

Most surprising is how naive this guy is. You would think he understands the dangers of depositing a $2M check. I believe such a transaction could certainly trigger investigation by federal authorities, with a lot of awkward questions. Also, the IRS would probably eventually get involved, looking for who is going to pay the taxes on the transaction. Letterman's accountants would also insist on sending a 1099 to the guy, and this is reported to the IRS.

Did he spend any time at all considering the fallout, even if he got away with it at first?

Just plain stupid. Did this guy want to get caught or what?

1815 days ago
14.

Doug    

I think Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau should be replaced with a more lively cadavor. Should we assume that he is also astute?

1815 days ago
15.

JustSayin    

he took a check??????? STUPID!

1815 days ago
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