Dutch economist accused of stalking Citi executive faces more charges

Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:29pm EDT
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By Joseph Ax

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Dutch economist faces additional criminal charges in New York for allegedly stalking Citigroup Inc's (C.N: Quote) global chief economist, Willem Buiter.

Heleen Mees, 44, was arraigned in New York City Criminal Court on Monday on an amended criminal complaint that contained further details of the alleged harassment.

She had previously been charged in connection with the case in July, but prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney's office added more charges on Monday.

According to the amended complaint, Buiter told police Mees used a fake name to try to meet him at a hotel in Amsterdam in January, after trying to catch up with him at a Beijing hotel in 2010.

All together, the revised complaint said, Mees sent Buiter more than 3,000 emails between November 7, 2009, and July 1, 2013.

The emails ranged from the obscene to the threatening, Buiter told police.

"I hope you die," read one email sent last September, according to the complaint. Another email allegedly contained pictures of dead birds.

In a two-week stretch in May, Mees sent Buiter 55 sexually explicit emails, and between late May and late June Mees emailed him 68 times asking to meet for a drink, the complaint said.   Continued...

Passersby walk in front of a Citibank branch in New York, October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford