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Attempt To Blackmail Menard's Owner From Prison Fails


FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WHBL) - A state prisoner who tried to gain access to a man’s bank accounts, and filed false income tax claims, is now accused of trying to extort nine-million dollars from the owner of Menards. 54-year-old Kristine Flynn, an inmate at Taycheedah near Fond du Lac, has made an initial court appearance on nine felony charges that include threats, kidnapping, forgery, and simulating the legal process. A preliminary hearing is set for November 15th in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court. Prosecutors said Flynn came up with a scheme to plant child porn from her prison cell onto the computer of John Menard, who owns the Eau Claire-based Menards home improvement chain. And she would threaten to tell the media about the child porn if Menard didn’t pay her nine-million dollars. Authorities said Flynn tried getting help from the outside – and those people turned her in. Prosecutors said no child porn turned up on Menard’s computers, and the business tycoon has no idea who Flynn is. She was convicted in 2010 of trying to claim false Homestead income tax credits on an apartment, even though she was behind bars at the time. That extended her prison time by five years. Later in 2010, Flynn was sentenced to 22 more years on three counts of falsely acting as a public official. Officials said Flynn forged documents granting her custody of another inmate’s son and his bank accounts.