July 2, 2003 11:24
MAN CHARGED WITH PINCHING LIL' KIM'S JEWELS
John Acheson was reportedly demanding $25,000 for the return of a necklace...
John Acheson, 31, was charged on Monday (June 30) in New York with attempted grand larceny, attempted grand larceny by extortion and attempted coercion. If found guilty, he could face up to four years in jail.
Acheson allegedly contacted Lil' Kim's lawyer last week, saying that he had her trademark 'Queen B' necklace, which is studded with diamonds, and wanted money for its return. He is then said to have handed himself over to police on Monday, where he was kept in custody, awaiting his first court appearance to enter a plea.
As previously revealed on NME.COM, Lil' Kim lost a reported $250,000 worth of jewellery after a mix-up at JFK airport on June 20. The rapper was waiting to fly to Los Angeles for the BET Awards, but when boarding the 8.45am flight from the airport in New York, realised that she had accidentally checked her Louis Vuitton bag, containing around $500,000 worth of jewellery, into the baggage hold of the jet.
The missing jewels were found last week by a United Airlines employee, wrapped in rags in a staff locker at the airport.
According to BBC News, the investigation into the jewellery's theft is still continuing, the New York Port Authority said.