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Two O.C. Attorneys Accused of Extorting Son of a Saudi Sheik

A German national and her lawyers, Joseph Gerard Cavallo and Emanuel Karl Hudson, are suspected of trying to bribe Sheikh Monsur Albalwi out of $15 million in a plot involving a bogus rape charge against the sheik's son.

A German national and her lawyers are suspected of trying to bribe Sheikh Monsur Albalwi out of $15 million. Patch file photo.
A German national and her lawyers are suspected of trying to bribe Sheikh Monsur Albalwi out of $15 million. Patch file photo.

A German national accused of falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted and tortured by a Saudi sheik's son in a plot to extort at least $15 million from his father was charged today, along with two Irvine-based attorneys, in a felony complaint filed in Los Angeles.

Leyla Ors, 33, and her lawyers Joseph Gerard Cavallo and Emanuel Karl Hudson, both 58, are all charged with one count each of attempted extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to receive a bribe and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Ors is additionally charged with one count of offering to receive a bribe by a witness.

Ors told police in March that she had been raped and tortured by Thamer Albalwi, the 23-year-old son of Sheikh Monsur Albalwi, one of the wealthiest men in Saudi Arabia, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Based on her allegations, a physical exam and visible injuries, the junior Albalwi was charged March 13 with four counts of sexual assault.

In June, prosecutors allege, Hudson called Albalwi's father and told him that for $15 million, Ors would not testify against the son and "the case would be over." On the same day, Cavallo allegedly called the sheik and demanded $20 million, saying an account would be set up in Lucerne, Switzerland, to receive the cash.

The three were arrested Thursday. The attorneys were released on bail, but Ors remains in custody and is expected to be arraigned today.

Cavallo, noted for testifying against disgraced former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona and also representing the gang rapist son of an assistant sheriff,  is scheduled for arraignment tomorrow and Hudson is expected to be arraigned July 31.

Cavallo was previously in trouble with the law in Orange County, accused of paying bond agents to send clients his way in 2007. He pleaded guilty, was disbarred, eventually got the case dismissed and got his license to practice law again.

If convicted, each of the defendants could face up to four years behind bars.

The sexual assault case against Thamer Albalwi was dismissed Friday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Dabney, according to the District Attorney's Office.

"I prayed that the truth would come out and, thanks to the American justice system, it did," Thamer Albalwi said in a statement released by his law firm, Brown White & Newhouse LLP.

Albalwi provided telephone and credit card records, emails, text messages and surveillance video to the police to prove that Ors was lying, according to his attorneys.

--City News Service

Patch Editor Penny Arévalo contributed to this report.


LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT July 14, 2014 at 09:45 PM
this is not local news----
Shirley Dicktor July 15, 2014 at 12:10 AM
Joseph Gerard Cavallo lives in Orange County, he is a slimey snake...has been in trouble with O.C. before & about 8-10 years ago go a year of house arrest. Guess being confined to his mansion had no impact on him. I'm not surprised to see he is deep do-doi again.
Joker Joe July 15, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Nothing of importance will happen to these attorneys. The so called justice system does not apply to them in Orange County. You can see that from their previous episodes.....
Shirley Dicktor July 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Joker, what a joke you are! I didn't say anything about Orange County having anything to do with it. I was pointing out a previous crime. L.A. will take care of it since I need to carify that for you. Oh yes, I failed to mention snake Cavello was disbarred for quite a while longer than his house arrest.
phil July 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM
SON OF A SHEIK!!!!!

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