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Woman accused of denying access to business website, demanding ransom

A former employee of a Harmony business denied access to the business’ website for a ransom of $36,000, according to charges filed by Jackson Township police.

Kelly D. Yockey, 36, of Cranberry Township, was charged Thursday, Feb. 22, with felonies extortion and unlawful use of a computer.

Police said the investigation began Jan. 10 after the owner of Harmony Family Chiropractic said Yockey changed the Google business website password and wouldn’t give him access.

Documents show Yockey had been fired Jan. 3.

Yockey demanded $36,000 and her final pay, saying the total amount was equivalent to her “value to the business” over a three-year period, according to police.

Documents showed Yockey also said she would take legal action against the business if the $36,000 was not received by Jan. 16.

At the time of publishing, no civil case of this nature was located filed in records from Butler County Civil Court.

Yockey’s preliminary hearing is scheduled March 6 before District Judge Amy Marcinkiewicz.

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