As extortion schemes go, the plot three senior employees are said to have hatched is not particularly shrewd.

The three - Jay David Marx, Gregory Kenneth DeLong, and Vincent John Pozzuoli - were indicted May 2 on charges they tried to extort money from Pittsburgh-based ATM Corp. of America, which provided title insurance, notary closings, and other services to Ditech, a Costa Mesa, Calif., subprime mortgage lender owned by General Motors' GMAC Mortgage Corp.

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