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Joran van der Sloot Indicted by Federal Grand Jury on Extortion Charges

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June 4, 2010: Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot is escorted by police officers outside a Peruvian police station, near the border with Chile in Tacna, Peru. (AP)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Dutchman Joran van der Sloot has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he tried to extort $250,000 from the mother of a teenager who disappeared during a trip to Aruba.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said van der Sloot was indicted Wednesday in Birmingham on charges of wire fraud and extortion for soliciting money from Beth Holloway in exchange for information on where her daughter, Natalee Holloway, was buried.

Van der Sloot has been a suspect since Natalee Holloway, 18 at the time, disappeared while on a graduation trip to Aruba in 2005.

Van der Sloot is in prison in Peru, charged with murder in the May 30 death of a 21-year-old Lima student he met while playing poker in a casino.

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