Louise Neathway is arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday
A single mother with a history of stalking has been busted on charges of harassing and extorting money from Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman.
Prosecutors portrayed Louise Neathway, 36 - who said in an interview published Thursday that she was Cashman’s mistress - as a con artist who pestered him for cash.
The defendant extorted approximately $6,000 from the victim and attempted to extort over $15,000," prosecutor Eric Iverson said at Neathway’s Manhattan Criminal Court arraignment Thursday.
He said it wasn’t the first time Neathway had tried to "control and manipulate" Cashman, 44.
Her lawyers, Alan Abramson and Stephen McCarthy, countered that prosecutors rushed to judge Neathway, who has a 14-year-old daughter.
This is a married man who has an inappropriate relationship with a single mom - it ended badly," said McCarthy.
Neathway, a British citizen who also goes by the name Louise Meanwell, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in front of her Tribeca apartment building on Leonard St. A source said Cashman helped lure Neathway into a police dragnet.
She was charged with aggravated harassment, stalking and grand larceny. She was being held on $300,000 bond on Thursday night.
Cashman told detectives he met Neathway in April. The complaint charges she called and texted Cashman "hundreds" of times during the 10 months she’s known him.
In the fall of 2011, she asked Cashman to pay for an unspecified $15,000 medical treatment and threatened to contact the press and his family if he didn’t pay, the complaint says.
On Jan. 18, Cashman gave in and deposited $4,000 into one of her bank accounts and $2,000 in another, the complaint says.
Between Jan. 29 and 30, Neathway made "multiple and harassing telephone calls" to Cashman, demanding more money, the complaint says.
A judge ordered her to stay away from Cashman, his wife and their children.
The Yankees declined to comment. "Brian is very grateful that this matter is being handled by law enforcement," Cashman’s spokesman said.
Prosecutors said Neathway’s criminal history dates back to 1998, when she was arrested for trespassing in North Carolina.
She also has two open upstate warrants for harassment, and is on probation in New Jersey in a stalking-related case, prosecutors said.
Neathway received a conditional dismissal in 2010 for harassing her ex-boyfriend, an East Village resident. The crime was set to be expunged from her record on Feb. 15 if she stayed out of trouble.
I am fearful for my safety and I have no idea what this woman is capable of," the ex-boyfriend wrote in a statement to police in July 2010.
A neighbor, who called her "psychotic" said Neathway parties hard nearly every night.
She screams up and down the hallways when she drinks," the neighbor said. "She would run up and down the halls banging on doors and screaming, ‘Stop complaining about me!’