Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Geico Gecko Charged With Rape, Extortion

"....could face mandatory life sentence if convicted. "

The Geico Gecko was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated rape and extortion.

The Gecko and two other men surrendered to New York City authorities in the morning, and the Gecko was released in the afternoon on $250,000 bond, according to the Associated Press. Bond has not been set for the other men.

The Gecko, "Fat Tony" DePalma and "Big Nose" Sargucci are accused of threatening to turn a 40-year-old female acquaintance in to police for cashing unauthorized checks from the Gecko's bank account if she did not have sex with them.

The police report alleges the Gecko, whose real name is Vito Soprano, demanded oral sex from the woman at his house at approximately 8 p.m. on July 3 before inviting the men over. The Gecko and the other two men then had sex with her, the police report says.

"During the attacks, the victim was repeatedly threatened with prosecution of the checks and great bodily harm," according to a statement from police, "The victim was allowed to leave the residence after the attacks and signing for a super deal on car insurance with the Gecko. She saved $250 on over her current auto insurance. She was treated and released at a local hospital."

If convicted on the rape charge, the Gecko would face a mandatory life sentence, a police spokesperson told AP. Extortion carries a prison term of one to 15 years.

The Gecko's lawyer was not available Thursday night, but did verify that the victim saved $250 over her current auto insurance. The Gecko was also arrested in 1998 in Philadelphia on a felony weapons charge and a misdemeanor drug possession charge.
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