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Attorney for Giants' DeAndre Baker says he REFUSED payoff to accusers who 'attempted to extort $55K by claiming he robbed them at gunpoint'

New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker's attorney claims his client refused to bribe the men who accused him and Seattle Seahawks player Quinton Dunbar of armed robbery on May 13, which is why Baker's name was omitted when they recanted their testimony against Dunbar two days later.
The four alleged victims received a total of $55,000 cash at the Miami office of Dunbar's attorney, Michael Grieco, according to investigators.
Baker's attorney Bradford Cohen also claimed he told the Broward State Attorney's Office and the FBI that his client was being extorted by the victims, who were threatening to go to gossip website TMZ with the allegation that both Baker and Dunbar stole thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry at gunpoint.
'We received information from a third party that basically said if they don't get paid, they were going to go to TMZ,' said Cohen, as quoted by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. 'We knew right away that this was extortion, and we weren't going to be a part of that.' 
Baker was arrested May 14 after the alleged robbery and charged with four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault, while Dunbar was charged with four counts of armed robbery. Both pleaded not guilty to all charges and were released on bond.
The New York Daily News reported on Friday that authorities believe Dunbar and Baker took part in a $55,000 payoff to four alleged victims. That belief, according to the report, stems from a search warrant that revealed the alleged payoff took place at Grieco's office on May 15.
The four alleged victims received a total of $55,000 cash at the Miami office of Dunbar's attorney, Michael Grieco (pictured), according to Florida investigators
The four alleged victims received a total of $55,000 cash at the Miami office of Dunbar's attorney, Michael Grieco (pictured), according to Florida investigators
The Daily News reported that among the evidence cited by police are video evidence, social media messages and additional testimony that show that the payoff not only took place in Grieco's office (pictured), but that Baker was also in attendance, along with two other men (neither are identified as Dunbar) plus the four alleged victims.
The Daily News reported that among the evidence cited by police are video evidence, social media messages and additional testimony that show that the payoff not only took place in Grieco's office (pictured), but that Baker was also in attendance, along with two other men (neither are identified as Dunbar) plus the four alleged victims. 
In exchange, the four alleged victims signed affidavits recanting their initial statements to police, which stated that Dunbar and Baker robbed them of more than $70,000 in cash and jewelry during a party in Miramar, Florida, according to the warrant.
The alleged victims stated on May 15 that 'any robbery or assault, with or without a firearm, did not involve Mr. Dunbar.

'Mr. Dunbar did not directly or indirectly participate in any robbery or assist in collecting any valuables at the scene or elsewhere,' their statement continued, without absolving Baker.
Dunbar has changed attorneys in recent days, according to the Seattle Times.  
The Sun-Sentinel also reported that Grieco is being invested by the Florida Bar to determine if he had any role in the bribe.
Quinron Dunbar (above) and DeAndre Baker turned themselves into police in May, but have both been bailed out while they await trial for armed robbery
Quinron Dunbar (above) and DeAndre Baker turned themselves into police in May, but have both been bailed out while they await trial for armed robbery 
'There is no way he could not have seen this transaction,' the warrant states.
The Daily News reported that among the evidence cited by police are video evidence, social media messages and additional testimony that show that the payoff not only took place in Grieco's office, but that Baker was also in attendance, along with two other men (neither are identified as Dunbar) plus the four alleged victims.
Cohen has denied that Baker took part in any payoff, but the warrant suggests that he texted a go-between to state that he was prepared to proceed with the bribe.
After the Daily News report, Grieco issued a statement to the Seattle Times, denying the payoff.
'Law enforcement, both local and federal, was advised from day one and beyond that the alleged 'victims' in this case were actively extorting Baker and Dunbar,' Grieco said, per The Times. 'These men fabricated a robbery story after waiting an hour to call police and then immediately began contacting the players demanding money.
'My office obtained accurate and truthful affidavits consistent with the independent witness and my client's account. These 'victims' are seasoned career criminals who have been arrested and/or convicted of crimes ranging from conspiracy to commit murder, to human trafficking, to filing a false police report. Mr. Dunbar took and passed a polygraph confirming that he did not participate or witness any robbery.'
Baker, 22, was a first-round pick of the Giants in 2019. He appeared in 16 games last season, making 15 starts and recording 61 tackles and eight passes defensed.
Dunbar, who turns 28 on July 22, was acquired by Seattle from Washington in March in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick. Last season, he recorded a career-high four interceptions in 11 games.
Florida attorney Bradford Cohen claims his client DeAndre Baker did not payoff his accusers
Florida attorney Bradford Cohen claims his client DeAndre Baker did not payoff his accusers

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