According to an application for an emergency protective order against Roberts from the Marconis and their attorney, Paul Roper, which was signed by a Newport Beach detective in 2008, Roberts had said he had a 9 mm handgun and was going to use it against Priscilla Marconi.
In three separate 2008 harassment complaints filed against Roberts by the Marconis and Roper, the three portray Roberts as a man bent on ruining Priscilla Marconi’s life. In court statements, Priscilla Marconi wrote that Roberts blamed her for her husband’s firing of him. In fact, he was fired after his behavior dramatically changed in 2004, about the time they believed he was using methamphetamines, the couple alleged in court documents.
Roberts harassed the Marconis at work, on their cell phones and at home, prosecutors claim. In one day, Priscilla Marconi claimed in her harassment complaints, that Roberts called her 40 times. He also allegedly left threatening voice mail messages for her and her friends saying he would smear her reputation and sue her.
She said Roberts had created a world “that did not exist anywhere but in his mind,” where he and her had a sexual affair and she would eventually leave Richard Marconi for Roberts and take off with a substantial portion of her husband’s wealth.
The court filed a restraining order barring Roberts from getting near Priscilla Marconi, but when that expired, he was back to harassing her, she claimed. He was arrested as his statements appeared to grow more threatening and he demanded cash to not drag her name through the mud, authorities said.
Roberts and Toledano were indicted on extortion charges Friday and are free on $100,000 bail. They are scheduled to be arraigned Friday.