Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County – Former New York sports anchor, and now prominent doctor, Marvell (Marv) Scott got caught up in an extortion scheme in the Poconos.
Police say three people from Monroe County worked together to extort the doctor. They are Marilyn Normando, Latina Davenport, and Brandon Hill.
Wednesday, Davenport and Hill agreed to face the charges against them in county court. Hill’s attorney said his client decided not to have his preliminary court hearing to save the victim from further embarrassment.
Scott used to anchor sports for WABC in New York City. He was once accused of raping a 14-year-old girl but plead guilty to a lesser charge. He served less than a month of community service and had his record cleared. Scott is now a well known doctor who has done work with college football teams.
Monroe County Detective Brian Webbe said, “The scheme was hatched at a club, a strip club, in New Jersey that this victim had frequented, which is where he had met this dancer.” Webbe explained the doctor had a romantic relationship with Normando, who was a stripper there.
She secretly recorded Scott snorting a white substance off a table. Then Normando allegedly got her friends Davenport and Hill to help her use that video to demand cash.
Davenport allegedly helped send the doctor an anonymous demand to bring $100,000 to a spot off of route 196 in Coolbaugh Township. Hill allegedly picked up the first $5,000. Webbe said, “He had gone and paid this money in the hopes that that would solve the issue and maybe go away.”
However, the issue didn’t go away. The doctor got an anonymous demand to bring more money or risk the video being released. Scott had his attorney contact Monroe County detectives who set up a sting that lead to the three arrests. “We were able to piece together the entire plot,” said Webbe.
Scott’s Attorney Richard Portale emphasized his client believes he did nothing wrong. “He was the target of a scam. That’s the bottom line,” he said. “There’s not a shred of evidence that he was doing what they said he was doing.”
Normando is still waiting to have her preliminary court hearing.