This is a partial transcript of "The Big Story With John Gibson," November 29, 2006, that has been edited for clarity.
JOHN GIBSON, HOST: Now for our "Big Crime" story: extortion, misrepresentation, Internet schemes. All part of the case against a 22-year-old woman. She has already pleaded guilty to shaking down a Fortune 500 Pepsi executive for money, but the crimes don't appear to start or stop there.
Reporter Jeane MacIntosh from the New York Post has been covering this web of deceit and is with me now live on the phone.
So Jeane, explain what happened, if you will, with Jessica, is her name, and this Pepsi executive.
JEANE MACINTOSH, NEW YORK POST: Well they were out with Danny DeVito — no. She met — this girl Jessica, who is only 22 years old and she is quite a looker — met this man, whose name is Gary Wandschneider. He is a VP for Pepsi Bottling. She met him on a Web site where he was apparently looking for women, even though he is married and has three kids. And they got together last spring at a Westchester County bar and somehow — she says no hanky panky occurred, but he wound up giving her $30,000.
Apparently, she didn't know he was married or finds out later he was married and tries to shake him down for $125,000 and what she does is she sends him an e-mail saying that she is going to out him and tell his wife and tell his bosses and that kind of thing. And he takes it to the FBI, who wind up investigating her and the whole thing. She gets prosecuted, but his life just blew up.
GIBSON: His life did just blow up.
Jeane, we have a statement from Pepsi today. Mr. Wandschneider is no longer with Pepsi.
Pepsi-Cola released — I have it on the screen right now. It says: "We have concluded our internal investigation, including several conversations with Mr. Wandschneider. As of today, Gary Wandschneider no longer works for the Pepsi Bottling Company."
So scandal too much for them.
MACINTOSH: Scandal too much. And not a surprise. It's not like this guy was, you know, working in the floor shoving bottles into a truck. He was a top exec. And used his company e-mail to contact her. And he didn't tell his bosses at Pepsi about any of this. The first they heard about it was when they saw that she had pleaded guilty on this Smoking Gun Web site and in the Post. So we're sure it was a couple of interesting and probably some heated discussions at Pepsi.
GIBSON: There was more on the Web with her.
MACINTOSH: What's interesting is this isn't the first time that she has tried to get money out of people. She was a regular on a couple of Internet Web sites where people go with ideas or that kind of thing, trying to get people to buy into their products or give them money to get out of debt and that kind of thing.
But she is a prolific would-be scammer, I would say. She was kicked off of one site when they finally realized she was lying and cheating and kept repeatedly changing her story. And I think the guy that runs that actually had some choice words for her, basically saying she is a lying, cheating wench and she used her looks and personality to try and get people to give her money.
And on another Web site that does similar things, she was looking for about $90,000 in loans and she claimed that she was a Pantene shampoo model and graduated Johns Hopkins and speaks eight languages, although she says four of them well, none of which seem to be true claims from checking them out. But she did manage, I believe, to get somebody on this other Web site to start to cough up money before they got wise to her. So she is no stranger to computers and trying to shake people down.
GIBSON: Jeane MacIntosh from the New York Post, great reporter who has been on this story. Jeane, thank you very much. Appreciate it.
MACINTOSH: Sure, John. Thanks so much for having me.
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