Lawyer for DeAndre Baker accusers arrested for alleged extortion attempt

The attorney for three of the four men former Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker allegedly robbed was arrested Monday morning in conjunction with an alleged extortion attempt.

William Dean was arrested in Florida, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. He is a name partner at Ford, Dean & Rotundo and represents Julius Lamar, Tommy Hartshaw and Steven Compton – the three men who recanted statements against Baker last week.

Dean and his clients demanded $1.5 million from Baker and negotiated the number down to $800,000 in order to change their statements, but no money ever changed hands, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Post. The Sheriff’s Office declined further comment during an ongoing investigation, but the source says they were involved in the set-up from the beginning.

Baker, 23, is charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm and is facing a minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted. But Dean’s arrest could be the first step toward a dismissal of all charges, the source said.

This allegation is unrelated to the accused payoff that happened earlier in the case involving Baker’s co-defendant, Seattle Seahawks safety Quinton Dunbar. Dunbar’s first lawyer, Michael Grieco, withdrew after a search warrant cited video footage, private social media messages and witness information that he bribed witnesses to change their story.

Grieco denied the allegations and charges against Dunbar were later dismissed citing lack of evidence. The charges stem from an incident at a party in May where the two NFL defensive backs were said to have robbed more than $70,000 worth of cash and watches lost in gambling.

Lamar, Hartshaw and Compton now claim in sworn statements that Baker “did not directly or indirectly participate in any robbery or assist in a robbery at the scene or elsewhere” and they did not see him rob or assault anyone with a firearm.” The fourth man did not show up for a disposition hearing on Oct. 9 and a motion is pending on whether he should be held in contempt of court.

The Giants released Baker in September and he is a free agent. Regardless of the criminal outcome, Baker still could be subject to discipline under the NFL’s personal conduct policy, though Dunbar has played six games this season without penalty.

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