The combination of extortion and the use of threats to air an alleged extramarital affair against a state official is probably not the best way to win an investment contract at the New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF).

Giridhar Sekar, a Brookline, Mass. resident and former managing partner at FA Technology Ventures, learned this the hard way yesterday when a federal jury in Albany convicted him for his use of extortion and threats against the General Counsel for the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

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