Articles Tagged with extortion

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After he met women online and asked them out on expensive dinner dates a Los Angeles man is accused of making up excuses to leave the table near the end of the meal to avoid paying the check.

Over nearly a two-year span of time beginning in May 2016, 45-year-old Paul Guadalupe Gonzales reportedly made the acquaintance of at least ten women through online dating sites such as Plenty of Fish.

Gonzales allegedly began talking to each woman online and as he got to know each of them he eventually arranged dates to meet in person. He asked them to accompany him to upscale restaurants for their dinners together and it was reported by some of the women he went out with that he was charismatic and engaging company during the course of their meals and interactions with him.

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A man who works for a legal firm allegedly posed as an attorney and offered a woman seeking representation discounted help if she would have sex with him.

On April 3, a woman went to a law firm in Los Angeles looking for legal help for her husband with his immigration case.

The woman reportedly met with 67-year-old Jose E. Morales who was an employee in the office. According to her account of the events, Morales convinced her that he was a licensed attorney and she disclosed her husband’s legal needs.

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A man who was reportedly seeking revenge on a woman that no longer wanted to continue a relationship with him was arrested after he allegedly distributed erotic pictures of her to her employer.

Seminole County, Florida, resident Giuseppe Garibaldi made the acquaintance of a woman who works as a preschool teacher that he connected with through an online dating site. After meeting in person in November they began spending time together as friends. Though they did not have an established romantic relationship they engaged in sexual acts approximately five times.

Both amidst having sex, and also during the time that the woman was asleep, Garibaldi is accused of taking photographs of the victim after their second intimate tryst without her knowledge. He used the pictures to intimidate the victim by threatening to share them with others when he became jealous from the belief that she was dating other men.

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A 23-year old Anaheim man allegedly logged onto Facebook using a profile of a male high school-age student. He would then use the account to persuade underage girls to send him sexually-explicit photos and videos, which he would then use as blackmail, threatening to forward those photos on to other high school students if the girl did not agree to send more. He is alleged to have contacted at least six girls in this manner.

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In a recent juvenile delinquency case, a minor stole a car and damaged it beyond repair, rendering it a total loss for insurance purposes. After admitting to the crime, the juvenile court granted Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ), meaning that the case would be dismissed provided the minor complete the terms of probation, which in this case included restitution, or paying the owner of the car for damages.

The court ordered the minor pay $13,000 in damages to the car owner, along with $2,000 in interest on the car loan as part of this restitution. After the criminal defense attorney filed an appeal to challenge the $2,000 interest portion, the court surprisingly denied the appeal. The reason it was denied was because there is no way to appeal a DEJ order, and the restitution is considered part of it.

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David Letterman can sleep better tonight. Joe Halderman, the man accused of extorting Letterman for $2 million, has plead guilty. Halderman was accused of extortion after demanding $2 million from the late-night star, lest he divulge his various affairs with co-workers. Halderman’s criminal defense lawyers worked out a deal which requires that he plead guilty to felony second-degree grand larceny, spend 6 months in jail, complete 1000 hours of community service and complete 5 years of probation. Though they minimized the jail time, Halderman’s criminal lawyers could do nothing about the 27-year career at CBS that Halderman flushed down the drain with his threats.

Extortion is a curious animal. Blogs and reader comments expressing sympathy for Letterman and wanting a stiffer penalty for Halderman abound. Does extortion mitigate an extra-marital affair? Would we have felt sorry for Tiger Woods if someone threatened to expose his sordid soirees? And for the philosophically-inclined, here’s a question a friend once asked:

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