Disbarred lawyer charged in California woman’s kidnapping

Disbarred lawyer charged in California woman’s kidnapping

A disbarred Harvard-trained lawyer, who was arrested in South Lake Tahoe in a home-invasion robbery that took place in the San Francisco Bay Area last month, was also charged with kidnapping of a California woman, federal prosecutors announced on Monday.

The FBI labeled the charges against Matthew Muller of Orangevale in an affidavit unsealed yesterday.

The case of kidnapping of California woman Denise Huskins started when her boyfriend Aaron Quinn told police that some kidnappers forced their entry into their Vallejo home on 23rd of March and abducted her. He claimed that the kidnappers demanded a ransom of $8,500 in exchange for releasing Huskins.

Quinn's lawyers have said he awoke to a bright light in his face, and two kidnappers bound and drugged him.

Huskins, 29, returned unharmed a couple of days later, just hours before the ransom was due. The couple appeared with their lawyers at a news conference but refused talk to reporters. Their lawyer Douglas Rappaport said they would avoid commenting on the case to preserve the case's integrity.

Investigators who took Muller into custody found a laptop resembling the one owned by Quinn. A search of a car stolen by Muller also turned up several other items kidnappers had mentioned in an email to a newspaper.

Muller's bar profile shows that he attended Harvard Law School and admitted to practice law in California in 2011. But his license was suspended in 2013 after he failed to pay annual dues.

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