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Disgruntled Gambler Behind Mars Threats

25 July 2005

AUSTRALIA -- As reported by Seven News: "The extortionist behind the threats to chocolate manufacturer MasterFoods and Star City Casino is believed to be an upset gambler obsessed with a TV game show.

"...MasterFoods and Star City each received several letters from the extortionist during July.

"The threats forced MasterFoods to recall and destroy more than three million bars, costing the company up to $10 million.

"Police have said money is a focus of the threat but the extortionist's exact demands remain unclear.

"...One letter contained a bar laced with pesticide while another stated that seven bars for sale in NSW had been contaminated with a poison.

"...Police last week revealed that the company had been a "vehicle" for threats primarily aimed at Star City..."

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