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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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what an idiot!

1856 days ago

mickey lou    

I always thought David was arrogant & pompous but now I think he is really creepy! Yuck! Gross!

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1856 days ago


Dave is the biggest overpaid,over the hill, boring man on network television,wish cbs would fire him but he is to powerful to put down,maybe his wife will find a way to dump his as- and take some of the 100 million plus dave has in the bank,while where here leno & conan suck to,Kimmel is the only funny one with good comedy writing staff,do me a favor dave and retire early.

1856 days ago


follow up : Letterman`s 120 million dollar(3 year contract)thats right this bore is getting 40 mill per year from cbs,and he has way to many reruns,his contract will be up soon,there are currently talks in process on a 2 year contract renewel for what is being called a reduced rate,so it appears cbs is willing to fork over another say another 50 mill easy to this joker,here is a word of advise to cbs,RECONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS,his ratings suck,the show is a complete bore,his mental status is falling,save your cash and find someone better to fill this slot,maybe while your there lose ferguson as well because he just might as well broastcast from a cave at this point,there was talk of howard stern replacing letterman,maybe now is the time !

1856 days ago

letz byonest    

Dave is not all bad - what about the stupid extortionist...ITZ NOT OK !!!! to extort. DAVE BEATZ CAKES so what??? read the real story here...

1856 days ago


At least Letterman told it like it is. Stephanie Birkett worked Dave and her boy friend. This low life got her on air time. She will never get work in NYC. NYC is not like LA.

1856 days ago


We have a much smarter class of criminals these days. Just like the idiot who wrote his robbery demands on the back of his bank deposit slip. Dumb asses!

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