Woman gets probation in Phoenix extortion case

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By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy

PHOENIX (AP) -- A woman accused of identity theft and extortion in Phoenix has been sentenced to three years of probation and six months of deferred jail time for criminal impersonation.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 28-year-old Sara Hartwig was sentenced Thursday after entering into a plea agreement.
Hartwig was arrested in June after a 35-year-old woman told Phoenix police that personal items were stolen out of her car while she was at a gasoline station.
The items included the victim's purse which contained numerous items of identification, credit cards, banking information, passports and other documents.
The victim told police that she began to see unauthorized use on her bank account and her family received death threats if she didn't pay $10,000.
Police say they identified Hartwig by telephone records for the extortion calls.