USMagazine, Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 6:58am (PDT)
On Tuesday, The Smoking Gun website published 26 pages of federal court documents that detail Real Housewives on New Jersey star Danielle Staub's crime-ridden past.
The papers show the 46-year-old Staub - then known as Beverly Ann Merrill (she also had an alias: Angela Minelli) - "was arrested by FBI agents in June 1986 for her role in a kidnapping plot that grew out of a cocaine deal gone bad," along with Daniel Aguilar, whom she met while working for an escort service.
The papers reveal that she and Aguilar "sought to extort a $25,000 ransom from a man whose son they were holding." The son - whom they "threatened injury or death" - "was blamed by Merrill and Aguilar for the botched drug deal, which cost them a kilo of cocaine worth about $24,000," according to the papers.
When they were arrested, "agents discovered six kilos of cocaine and about $16,000 in cash," according to the papers.
Staub "was charged with eight felonies, including extortion, cocaine possession and narcotics conspiracy."
For more on the Housewives' juicy tell-all interviews with the new Us Weekly, why Jacqueline no longer speaks to Danielle, what really happened when the cameras were off, and how the cover shoot for Us Weekly almost didn't happen because of Staub, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly today!