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    A jury found a Lehigh Valley man guilty of cyberstalking three different victims, including a government worker, his ex-girlfriend, and his ex-wife, authorities announced. A five-day trial in Easton led to a jury finding Anthony Elonis, 39, of Bethlehem, guilty of three separate counts of cyberstalking on Friday, August 5, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Elonis was indicted by a Philadelphia grand jury in July after allegedly cyberstalking three victims between 2018 and 2021, the office said. The victims included a government employee in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Elonis’ former girlfriend, and Elonis’ ex-wife. Elonis allegedly sent numerous intimidating and harassing emails to the government worker and sent harassing content via Twitter and through text messages to the worker and the other two victims. Elonis is scheduled to be sentenced in Easton on Friday, Nov. 18.
    A Connecticut man has admitted to cyberstalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend from Massachusetts after their relationship ended last year, the US Attorney's Office for Massachusetts reports.  According to court documents, Marshall Fain, age 31, of New Haven, dated his ex-girlfriend for two years up until their breakup in August 2021.  A month later in September, Fain started sending death threats to his ex-girlfriend and members of her family via email and social media, the office reports. This continued through December.  Some of the messages included phrases like “I’ll kill you” and “You gonna get yours if it’s the last thing I do," the office reports.  Fain even went as far as to use anonymous email addresses to send messages like, “By now you know I don’t give a f*** about my own life so I really don’t mind taking yours,” the office reports. He was arrested and charged on Thursday, Feb. 2.   “The language used by this individual made his intent clear," United States Attorney Rachael Rollins said. "Domestic violence takes many forms. Verbal abuse and threats are one of them and can...
    CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) -- A former Camp Pendleton Marine pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges that he waged a "sextortion'' campaign to obtain sexual images of women.Johao Chavarri, 25, of Torrance, entered his plea to three counts of stalking, which carries a total sentence of up to 15 years behind bars and a fine of $750,000, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.A sentencing hearing was scheduled for Sept. 15.From 2019 through 2021, Chavarri used the online alias "Michael Frito'' and created various online accounts to stalk and threaten women, demanding that they send him nude or sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves, according to his plea agreement, filed in Los Angeles federal court.Prosecutors said the threats continued in some cases for more than a year.According to the agreement, Chavarri told victims that if they refused to comply with his demands, he would post sexually explicit photos and videos of them online or on well-known pornography websites.He also threatened to send the explicit materials to their boyfriends, friends, families or employers, whom he would often identify by name.Federal prosecutors said...
    A former Marine from Torrance has pleaded guilty to federal cyberstalking charges after extorting nude and sexually explicit photos and videos from victims. Johao Miguel Chavarri, 25, pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of cyberstalking and faces up to 15 years in prison, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a release. Between 2019 and 2021, when he was on active duty with the Marine Corps, Chavarri reportedly contacted several victims on social media and offered to pay for photos or videos. Some agreed and sent Chavarri sexually explicit images. Victims who either denied Chavarri outright or refused to send additional photos or videos were harassed and threatened through social media accounts. “In most cases, he threatened to publish sexual photos and videos of the victims online or on well-known pornography websites or to distribute the sexual photos or videos to the victims’ boyfriends, friends, families or employers,” the U.S. attorney’s office said. Chavarri would mention victims’ friends and family members by name and said he would “ruin their lives.” Chavarri is due to be sentenced Sept. 15. The case was...
    BOSTON (AP) — A former eBay Inc. executive pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a scheme to terrorize the creators of an online newsletter that included the delivery of live spiders and other disturbing items to their home. David Harville, eBay’s former director of global resiliency, is the final onetime eBay employee charged in the case to plead guilty. Six others have admitted to their roles in the harassment campaign targeting a Massachusetts couple who publish the newsletter EcommerceBytes, which eBay executives viewed as critical of the company. The scheme included sending items like a box of live cockroaches, a funeral wreath, and books about surviving the loss of a spouse to the couple’s home with the hopes of getting them to stop publishing negative articles about the company, prosecutors say. eBay employees also set up fake social media accounts to send threatening messages to the couple and posted the couple’s home address online. Harville and others were charged in June 2020 over the plot, which authorities say was orchestrated by members of eBay’s executive leadership team after the...
    BROOKLYN, New York (WABC) -- A high school employee in Brooklyn is charged with sexual exploitation of a child after authorities say he enticed a minor to send sexually explicit videos on WhatsApp and threatened to publicly release them.An 11-count indictment was unsealed Wednesday in federal court charged Brian Quinones, a 30-year-old paraprofessional at Midwood High School, with distribution of child of pornography, cyberstalking, and related offenses.The charges relate to sexually explicit videos of a child that Quinones allegedly requested and received from a boy he met over the internet, as well as other sexually explicit images and videos he allegedly possessed and distributed.Following a court-authorized search of Quinones' residence and the seizure of his electronic devices, FBI agents reportedly discovered a series of sexually explicit messages between Quinones, who was impersonating a woman, and the boy.Authorities say Quinones then threatened to post the victim's material online unless he agreed to make additional sexually explicit content."I got everything you sent," Quinones allegedly wrote in a WhatsApp message, adding that he would "ruin" the victim.Officials say Quinones also directed the boy...
    BOSTON (AP) — A former top security executive at eBay Inc. has pleaded guilty to his role in a campaign to harass and intimidate a Massachusetts couple who published an online newsletter he perceived as critical of the company. James Baugh, 47, of San Jose, — eBay’s former senior director of safety and security — admitted Monday in federal court in Boston to nine charges in connection with the campaign that involved disturbing deliveries — among them, live insects, a bloody pig face mask and a book on surviving the loss of a spouse — to the victims’ home, federal prosecutors said. READ MORE: UPDATE: Kidnapped San Jose Infant Brandon Alexis Cuellar Found; 3 Suspects In CustodyThe intimidation started when senior executives at eBay became frustrated with the newsletter’s tone and content, according to federal documents. The harassment campaign also included online posts inviting the public for sexual encounters at the victims’ home, and a trip to the Boston area to spy on the victims with the intention of installing a GPS device in their vehicle, federal authorities said. The...
    BOSTON (AP) — A former top security executive at eBay Inc. has pleaded guilty to his role in a campaign to harass and intimidate a Massachusetts couple who published an online newsletter he perceived as critical of the company. James Baugh, 47, of San Jose, California — eBay’s former senior director of safety and security — admitted Monday in federal court in Boston to nine charges in connection with the campaign that involved disturbing deliveries — among them, live insects, a bloody pig face mask and a book on surviving the loss of a spouse — to the victims’ home, federal prosecutors said. The intimidation started when senior executives at eBay became frustrated with the newsletter’s tone and content, according to federal documents. The harassment campaign also included online posts inviting the public for sexual encounters at the victims’ home, and a trip to the Boston area to spy on the victims with the intention of installing a GPS device in their vehicle, federal authorities said. The couple from Natick spotted the surveillance and contacted local police. After learning of...
    Federal prosecutors say Gregory Roman could not take no for an answer. In October 2021, four years after he left his position at the FBI’s field office in Kansas City as an intelligence analyst, Roman allegedly called a private investigator for information about a “decade’s old matter and a former FBI official’s involvement in that matter.” When the investigator, identified in court documents as “Victim 1,” stated he was unable to help Roman, the 56-year-old allegedly responded with an incessant phone and online harassment campaign that included death threats, insults, and bizarre sexual innuendos. “Go fuck yourself you chicken shit cock sucker,” Roman told “Victim 1” during an October 2021 email exchange, according to an affidavit filed in the Western District of Missouri and obtained by The Daily Beast. “I will find you and I will fucking kill you.” His alleged harassment campaign against two people prompted authorities to charge Roman with two federal counts of cyberstalking in Missouri this past December. Eight days after the charges were filed, Roman was arrested in the central Florida coastal community of Vero...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Greene County man has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to cyberstalking and making threats. Kaleb Levicky, formerly of Carmichaels, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to one count of cyberstalking and one count of interstate communication of threats to injure. The Department of Justice says that in 2020, Levicky sent multiple people messages in which he threatened to harm or kill them. Levicky will be sentenced later this year.
    Share this: A former newspaper editor who received a pardon from former President Donald Trump pleaded guilty Wednesday to state cyberstalking charges in New York in a deal that could eventually see the case dropped. Manhattan prosecutors said they will withdraw Ken Kurson’s misdemeanor counts of attempted computer trespass and attempted eavesdropping in a year if he performs 100 hours of community service and stays out of trouble. Kurson, a friend of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, was charged in August with hacking his wife’s online accounts and sending threatening, harassing messages to several people amid heated divorce proceedings in 2015.
    Ken Kurson, an ally of former President Donald Trump’s son-in law Jared Kushner and a former New York Observer editor, has pleaded guilty in a case where he was accused of illegally spying on his ex-wife. Kurson pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one charge each of attempted eavesdropping and attempted computer trespass. He initially was charged with having actually committed those crimes, both felonies. However, according to The New York Times, “under the terms of his plea deal, if he completes 100 hours of community service and is not arrested in connection with another crime, he will withdraw those pleas, and plead to the lesser offense of second degree harassment, a violation, in a year.” “In New York, when prosecutors charge certain low-level felonies as having been attempted, instead of committed, they become misdemeanors,” noted the Times. The Times continued: The plea ends a yearslong saga for Mr. Kurson, a close friend of former President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, that began when Mr. Kurson was nominated for a seat on the board of the National Endowment for the Humanities in...
    A Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton was arrested on suspicion of cyberstalking young women from his hometown of Torrance, officials said Wednesday, Feb. 9. Johao Miguel Chavarri, 25, of Oceanside, was taken into custody Tuesday and facing a federal stalking charge, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. He was accused of extorting the women by threatening to send or publish sexually explicit photos and videos of them online or on pornography websites, officials said. “(Chavarri) created and used numerous online accounts to repeatedly stalk, harass and threaten women who would not give in to his demands that, among other things, they send him nude, sexually explicit or otherwise compromising photos and videos of themselves,” the Department of Justice said in a statement. In multiple instances, Chavarri would also threaten to send the images or videos to the victims’ boyfriends, friends, families or employers, some of whom he would name, officials said. The cyberstalking was believed to have happened from 2019 to 2021, involving some victims who Chavarri continued to harass for more than one year, according to...
    An active-duty Marine was in federal custody Wednesday on charges of cyberstalking as part of a “sextortion” campaign to obtain sexual images of them and their feet, authorities said. Johao Miguel Chavarri, 25, was arrested in Oceanside on Tuesday, where he is stationed at Camp Pendleton. He was due in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. Chavarri is accused in a criminal complaint of creating and using numerous online accounts to repeatedly stalk, harass and threaten women in his hometown of Torrance. Federal officials say that Chavarri used the online alias “Michael Frito” between May 2019 and January 2021 in order to coerce women to send him nude, sexually explicit or otherwise compromising photos and videos of themselves. Chavarri also created fake social media accounts mimicking some of his victims’ real names and then sent harassing messages to some of their friends and family members, authorities said. Prosecutors allege that some of the women were targeted for more than a year. An affidavit detailing the investigation says Chavarri would demand the women provide him with sexual...
    A Connecticut man has been arrested for allegedly threatening, harassing, and intimidating a woman from the region through social media and email. Marshall Nicholas Fain, age 31, of New Haven, was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 2, and charged with one count of cyberstalking and one count of transmitting threats through interstate commerce, said the US Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. According to the charging documents, Fain was in a relationship with the victim from Massachusetts for approximately two years, until it ended in August 2021.  Soon after, in September 2021 and continuing through December 2021, Fain sent the victim multiple private messages through email and social media threatening to kill the victim and members of her family, the documents showed. Fain allegedly created multiple social media and email accounts which he used to harass and threaten the victim anonymously, the US Attorney's Office said. Specifically, according to the charging documents, Fain used anonymous Instagram and Facebook accounts to send the victim messages that said, among other things, “I’ll kill you” and “You gonna get yours if it’s the...
    One of the posters mailed out by Atomwaffen. There are a number of violent, neofascist organizations in the United States that would deny that description fits them—like the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, the Republican Party—but that’s not really the case when it comes to Atomwaffen. With uniforms and banners loaded down with swastikas and swastika substitutes, a professed goal of bringing on civilizational collapse, and an organizational statement that declares their admiration for Charles Manson, Atomwaffen seems to exist mostly so all those who feel that time denied them an opportunity to punch a Nazi can get a second chance. This is an organization with a to-do list that includes attacking Jews, gays, Blacks, Latinos, “frail whites,” and whoever else it can get its pasty fingers on. It’s also dedicated to destroying the government, regularly conducts ceremonial burnings of the Constitution, and has engaged in plots to (in no particular order): destroy the power grid, overthrow the government through terrorism, and blow up nuclear plants. If all this sounds like a bunch of a-holes out to luxuriate in the protections the U.S. provides while they play at bringing on the...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — A cyberstalking conviction of a man who posed online as mass murderers and sent harassing messages to family members and friends of students who died in the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has been upheld by a federal appeals court Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a series of arguments by Brandon Michael Fleury, including that a federal cyberstalking law was unconstitutionally overbroad. Fleury, now 24, was sentenced to 66 months in prison after the conviction. READ MORE: US Missionaries Freed After Being Held Hostage By Gang For Two MonthsAmong other things, Fleury contended that the cyberstalking law was overbroad as applied to his case because his messages involved a “matter of public concern,” Thursday’s 35-page opinion said. But the appeals court backed a district judge’s ruling against Fleury on the issue. “The district court correctly concluded — after considering their content, form and context — that Fleury’s messages address purely private matters,” said the opinion, written by appellate Judge Charles Wilson and joined by...
    OAKLAND — A judge sentenced a 22-year-old Oakland man to five years in prison Wednesday for his role in a sexual-extortion scheme targeting multiple underage victims, authorities said. According to a plea agreement resulting from an investigation by San Francisco police and the Department of Homeland Security, Delaney Tang used Instagram accounts to extort nude photos and videos from a 12-year-old girl, threatening to disclose her actions to classmates and trying to get her to film herself in sex acts with an underage male, all with help from 21-year-old Concord man Vincenz Sison. When the 12-year-old stopped responding to his requests for photos and videos, Tang posted images of her to Instagram accounts and other sites. In a sentencing memorandum, the government said Tang used Instagram to connect with and extort seven other underage victims ranging from 11 to 14 years old. After Tang and Sison were charged with cyberstalking and sexual extortion of children in November 2020, Tang was briefly released to a relative’s custody later that month. Federal authorities later filed new charges against Tang and Sison in...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Chinese national is facing federal charges for harassing a Minnesota college student by using her likeness in various online profiles, resulting in men she doesn’t know contacting her and even showing up at her home. The U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Minnesota said that 27-year-old Ki Cheung Yau is charged with one count of cyberstalking. He made his first court appearance Tuesday in California, where he lives. The judge there ordered that Yau be detained and moved to Minnesota to appear before a judge. READ MORE: Rochester Police Seek Help Locating Endangered Missing Person Jodi BoeckermannAccording to court documents, Yau has cyberstalked the Minnesota college student since January of 2020, creating various online accounts on Facebook, Instagram, dating apps and pornographic sites. Posing as the victim, Yau would use theses accounts to talk with others and seek sexual encounters. READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 46 More Deaths Reported; More Than 1,380 Currently HospitalizedOn at least two occasions in August of 2020, a man went to the victim’s home and asked for her by...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A New Jersey man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison last week for coercing a Bay Area teen into sending him pornographic videos of herself, then using the files to humiliate her when she stopped communicating with him. Barry Goldberg, 57, pleaded guilty last January to cyberstalking and possessing child pornography. He was sentenced last week by Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, who gave Goldberg until late October to turn himself in to the Bureau of Prisons. Goldberg has been out on bond since June 2020, a week after the charges were filed. Goldberg was 54 in December 2018 when he met the victim online. To gain her trust, he posed as a fictitious high school boy named Ryan Straus who was dying of cancer, as well as Straus’ sister. In November 2019, Goldberg soured on the victim and “began an unrelenting campaign of harassment, threats, and coercion — effectively weaponizing the library of pornography he had coaxed the minor victim to create,” assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Paulson wrote in a sentencing memo. According...
    SAN MATEO (CBS SF) – A man from New Jersey has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a sextortion scheme targeting a San Mateo teen, federal authorities said. According to acting Northern California U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hinds’ office, a district judge handed down the sentence to 57-year-old Barry David Goldberg on Wednesday. READ MORE: UPDATE: Caldor Fire In Sierra Tops 65,000 Acres; Wildfire Remains at Zero Containment Goldberg, a resident of the Philadelphia suburb of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to charges of distribution of child pornography and cyberstalking earlier this year. Court documents said Goldberg admitted he misrepresented himself online to the victim as a 15-year-old, and manipulated her to send him sexually explicit pictures and videos. After obtaining the images, Goldberg threatened the victim that he would disclose her behavior to others including her parents, her school and colleges she was applying to. READ MORE: Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit By San Jose Driver Earlier This Month Prosecutors said Goldberg then communicated with her parents about the images. He also used multiple...
    Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance on Wednesday filed eavesdropping and computer trespassing charges against former chief editor of the New York Observer Kenneth Kurson. The criminal complaint filed in New York County Criminal Court alleges that for six months beginning in September 2015, Kurson, a one-time Trump speech writer and close friend of Jared Kushner, used spyware to access communications of his then-wife. Kurson was pardoned by Trump earlier this year after he was arrested in October on charges of cyberstalking three people and harassing two others in a scheme to punish people he viewed as responsible for the collapse of his marriage. More to come
    BOSTON (AP) — A former security operations manager for eBay Inc. was sentenced to 18 months in prison Tuesday for his role in an extensive campaign to terrorize and intimidate the editor and publisher of an online newsletter. Philip Cooke pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses for his part in the scheme targeting a Massachusetts couple who published an online newsletter critical of the online auction site. Authorities say Cooke, who was senior manager of Security Operations for eBay’s Global Security Team, conspired with other employees to terrorize the couple because company executives were upset about an article about a lawsuit filed by eBay accusing Amazon of poaching its sellers. Several other former eBay workers have also pleaded guilty in the scheme, which prosecutors say included sending threatening online messages as well as disturbing deliveries — like live roaches and a funeral wreath — to the couple’s home. Prosecutors say Cooke, a retired Santa Clara, California, police captain, attended a meeting at eBay headquarters, where the employees plotted sending harassing anonymous...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — A British man has been charged in the United States in connection with a Twitter hack last summer that compromised the accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Joseph O’Connor, 22, was arrested in the coastal resort town of Estepona, Spain, on an arrest warrant accusing him of involvement in a July 2020 hack of more than 130 accounts, and of hacks that prosecutors said took over user accounts on the TikTok and Snapchat apps. Prosecutors also accuse O’Connor of cyberstalking a juvenile. A criminal complaint filed in federal court in the Northern District of California charges O’Connor with crimes including cyberstalking, making extortive and threatening communications and intentionally accessing a computer without authorization. It was not immediately clear if O’Connor had a lawyer, although in prior interviews he has denied wrongdoing. During the high-profile security breach a year ago, fake tweets were sent from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon’s then-CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla...
    NATICK (CBS) — A Natick couple has filed a lawsuit against eBay for cyberstalking. Ina and David Steiner say eBay employees tortured them for two years because they posted online reviews about the site. Staffers allegedly sent the couple bizarre items, including a pig Halloween mask, insects and a book on losing a spouse. READ MORE: Retired State Trooper James Coughlin, Wife To Face Charges In Dedham Pool Party Drowning “It was just terrifying. We were attacked online, we were doxxed, we were sent intimidating packages, threats,” Ina Steiner said. “We were really very afraid. . . it is not right.” When charges were announced in 2020, former U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling described the “disturbing deliveries” sent to the couple. “These deliveries included fly larvae and live spiders, a box of live cockroaches, a sympathy wreath on the occasion of the death of a loved one, a book of advice on how to survive the death of a spouse, pornography mailed to their next door neighbors but in the couple’s names, Halloween masks featuring the face of the bloody pig,...
    A Bergenfield man must spend the next 16 months in federal prison for posting naked and semi-naked photos of nearly two dozen victims and then sending the links to their families and friends. Rino Diamante, 26, continued the harassment for nearly four years, beginning in January 2016, stalking some of his victims on Facebook, federal authorities said. Rather than face trial, he took a deal from federal prosecutors following his arrest by the FBI. Diamante admitted during a video-conferenced guilty plea before a U.S. District Court judge in Newark last August that he posted the photos of people whom he knew, and didn’t know, on online forums such as 4Chan.com and volafile.com. He “also admitted to contacting the victims, their friends and their family members to direct those individuals to the online web forums that contained the purported nude or semi-nude photographs of the victims,” Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig said. Because there’s no parole in the federal prison system, Diamante must serve just about the entire sentence for a guilty plea to a single count of cyberstalking.  U.S....
    SAN FRANCISCO — A Brentwood woman has been arrested and charged with cyberstalking and harassing teen boys over a three-year period, apparently to get back at them after their failed relationships with an uncharged co-conspirator. Ramajana Hidic Demirovic, 46, was indicted April 1 by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy and cyberstalking, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Authorities aren’t saying what relationship Demirovic has with the uncharged co-conspirator whose failed relationships were allegedly the influence behind the crimes, and the charging records keep that person anonymous. But authorities allege Demirovic was so angry at the boys — listed in court records as Victims A-C — she sent them death threats, made up false allegations accusing them of rape and other crimes, and cyberbullied them with insults like “pig” and “dwarf,” or by making light of their parents’ divorce. She is also accused of threatening or harassing some of the victims’ parents. Her goal was “sabotaging their personal relationships, social reputation, academic life, and work prospects,” the indictment alleges. And prosecutors say she succeeded; one of the victims, who was 14...
    A Florida man has been sentenced to just over five years in prison for using his Facebook to cyberstalk the surviving victim of a 1999 attack by serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells.  Alvin Willie George, 25, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for cyberstalking.  George has also been ordered to pay $525.31 in restitution to one of his victims, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Idaho. Alvin Willie George, 25, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for cyberstalking. George sent photos from the 1999 crime scene to Krystal Surles and her sister in or around November 2016. Surles survived the slashing to her neck during the 1999 attack that saw her friend murdered RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'He wasn't a monster': Sister of ex-NFL pro Phillip Adams,... Kansas senate majority leader called cop 'donut boy' after... Share this article Share Tommy Lynn Sells was a drifter who was...
    Opinion: It took a sea and land journey to prove to scientists they were wrong about physics Betsy DeVos-backed candidate Deb Kerr loses Wisconsin superintendent race A former collegiate track and field coach, Steve Waithe, was arrested in Chicago on Wednesday and charged with  duping female track and field athletes at Northeastern University into sending him nude or partially nude photos under false pretenses, according to prosecutors. © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Track and field runners. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Waithe, 28, also allegedly cyberstalked at least one female athlete. He's been charged with one count of cyberstalking and one count of wire fraud.  Waithe has previously coached at Penn State, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Tennessee and Concordia University Chicago  per the charging documents. He worked at Northeastern from October 2018 to February 2019.  From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. According to the criminal complaint, Waithe frequently held onto female athletes' phones while coaching at Northeastern and had been observed scrolling through...
    A graduating student wears a money lei, a necklace made of US dollar bills, at the Pasadena City College graduation ceremony, June 14, 2019, in Pasadena, California. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images When arresting a man on cyberstalking charges, the FBI discovered he was operating a student loan scam. Jalon Carlos Torres was arrested after sending racist messages to a banker. Investigators found that bank accounts belonging to Torres' company were closed due to suspicious activity. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A years-long student loan scam operation was exposed when a man was arrested after harassing a banker with disturbing and racist messages, The Daily Beast reported Monday. Federal authorities arrived at the home of Jalon Carlos Torres, 43, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to arrest him on charges of cyberstalking after he bombarded a North Carolina banker with racist messages. But while there, authorities discovered an elaborate years-long student loan scam operating out of Torres' home. Last July, the banker, who was not named in the report, called Torres to inform him that the bank was...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 57-year-old man from Cresco, Iowa has pleaded guilty to four counts of cyberstalking. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Shawn McGuire pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Cedar Rapids. He admitted to using Facebook and mail to harass a victim a woman from Minnesota. The sheriff’s office said that, for nearly a year in 2018 and 2019, he posted numerous yard signs in the victim’s yard, which were sexually explicit in nature and contained the victim’s name and contact information. McGuire was also accused of setting up various fake dating profiles. McGuire could get 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine per each of the four counts.   More On WCCO.com: Tiny House Shelter ‘Avivo Village’ Set To Open In Minneapolis Gov. Walz Launches ‘Vaccine Connector,’ Says It’s The Next Step In Rollout Strategy Minn. Officials Say Blame Planning, Not Green Energy, For Texas’ Power Catastrophe Mpls. Mayor Jacob Frey Revokes Restrictions On Bar Areas
    Stadiums light up to join Joe Biden, Kamala Harris in honoring those who died from COVID-19 If Youre Still Doing This, Your Mask Isnt Protecting You, Study Says Trumps last minute pardons include a guy who shared Googles trade secrets with Uber, a snake smuggler, and a man charged with cyberstalking a doctor © Provided by Business Insider Trump pardoned Ken Kurson, who at one time was nominated to be on the board of the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images President Donald Trump's final list of pardons was released on Tuesday night and included more than 140 people. Many on the list were low-level non-violent drug offenders, but Trump also offered pardons and clemency to some surprising figures.   Among the list are a one-time Trump administration nominee, a snake smuggler, and a former Google exec convicted of stealing company secrets. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump's final list of pardons was released on Tuesday with more than a hundred people on it, none of whom happened...
    A New York man was arrested Tuesday on charges he has been cyberstalking a Maryland woman for months, making threats that included soliciting people online to rape, kill and decapitate her in exchange for Bitcoin, federal authorities said. Desmond Babloo Singh, 19, also "swatted" the woman, summoning police to her family's Baltimore County home by emailing a bogus bomb threat, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security special agent said in a court filing. 'NORCAL RAPIST' SENTENCED TO 897 YEARS IN PRISON FOR 9 RAPES The woman, who isn't named in the document, lives with her family in Maryland when she isn't attending an unidentified college in New York. She was a friend of Singh's older sister in middle school for one year before his family moved to Texas and has never met Singh in person, the agent said. Since April, Singh allegedly has used more than 100 different social media, electronic communication and phone accounts to send harassing and unsolicited messages to the woman. "These messages include express and implied threats of death and bodily injury, sexualized violence, and racial...
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A New York man was arrested Tuesday on charges he has been cyberstalking a Maryland woman for months, making threats that included soliciting people online to rape, kill and decapitate her in exchange for Bitcoin, federal authorities said. Desmond Babloo Singh, 19, also “swatted” the woman, summoning police to her family’s Baltimore County home by emailing a bogus bomb threat, a U. S. Department of Homeland Security special agent said in a court filing. The woman, who isn’t named in the document, lives with her family in Maryland when she isn’t attending an unidentified college in New York. She was a friend of Singh’s older sister in middle school for one year before his family moved to Texas and has never met Singh in person, the agent said. Since April, Singh allegedly has used more than 100 different social media, electronic communication and phone accounts to send harassing and unsolicited messages to the woman. “These messages include express and implied threats of death and bodily injury, sexualized violence, and racial slurs,” the agent wrote. Online...
    By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A New York man was arrested Tuesday on charges he has been cyberstalking a Maryland woman for months, making threats that included soliciting people online to rape, kill and decapitate her in exchange for Bitcoin, federal authorities said. Desmond Babloo Singh, 19, also “swatted” the woman, summoning police to her family's Baltimore County home by emailing a bogus bomb threat, a U. S. Department of Homeland Security special agent said in a court filing. The woman, who isn't named in the document, lives with her family in Maryland when she isn't attending an unidentified college in New York. She was a friend of Singh's older sister in middle school for one year before his family moved to Texas and has never met Singh in person, the agent said. Since April, Singh allegedly has used more than 100 different social media, electronic communication and phone accounts to send harassing and unsolicited messages to the woman. “These messages include express and implied threats of death and bodily injury, sexualized violence, and racial...
    CERES (CBS13) – A Ceres man accused of secretly recording a woman who stayed at his Airbnb listing and using a false identity to contact her on Facebook was indicted by a federal grand jury for cyberstalking, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott said in a news release on Friday. Kevin James Strutz, 49, allegedly made a secret video recording of the woman and captured images of her exiting the shower during her stay back in February. The woman ended her stay after discovering a message on a cellphone Strutz left in a shared bathroom and she was contacted by the host through multiple Facebook accounts, including one with a false identity, over the next several months, according to Scott, who works in the Department of Justice Eastern District of California. Neighbor, Candice Crosswhite, said she saw FBI agents surround Strutz house last week. “I heard “open up, open up’ and loud banging so I got up to my window and I saw all cops at the house,” she said. Crosswhite said she has been concerned with activity from the house...
    Ken Kurson and Jared Kushner attend The New York Observer Celebrates Robert Kurson's New Book PIRATE HUNTERS at The Rusty Knot on June 15, 2015 in New York City.J. Grassi | Patrick McMullan | Getty Images Ken Kurson, a confidant of President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, is in plea negotiations with federal prosecutors who last month charged him with cyberstalking three people. In a joint filing by the political consultant Kurson, his lawyer, and prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, federal court, the parties cited those plea talks as they asked a judge to extend the deadline for the filing of either an indictment, or another type of charging document typically used when a defendant has agreed to plead guilty. "They are engaged in plea negotiations, which they believe are likely to result in a disposition of this case without trial," the filing said. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ramon Reyes agreed to the request, which extends the filing deadline from Dec. 4 to Feb. 4. Marc Mukasey, Kurson's defense lawyer, did not immediately respond to a...
    FRESNO (CBS SF) — The Department of Justice announced Thursday that a federal grand jury indicted a Ceres man for cyberstalking an Airbnb guest for most of this year. The grand jury indicted Kevin James Strutz, 49, for harassing the victim, who officials identified only as an adult woman who stayed at his home in Ceres back in February of this year. The victim ended her stay early after she discovered a message on a cellphone that he left in the shared bathroom. Yet Strutz continued to contact her through social media — once through a fake Facebook profile — over the next several months, according to U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott. “The messages became increasingly aggressive and one included an image of the victim exiting a shower that had been taken without her knowledge or consent at the Airbnb residence,” the Department of Justice said in a statement. “Strutz sent the image to her with a demand that she send him a sexually explicit video or he would send the photo to her friends and family.” If convicted of...
    OAKLAND — Though the investigation and search for more potential victims is far from over, two East Bay residents have been charged with cyberstalking and extorting sexual imagery from children as young as 11 years old. Delaney Tang, 21, of Oakland, and Vincenz Sison, of Concord, were charged last week with solicitation of child porn and conspiracy to commit cyberstalking, two federal offenses. The child porn charge alone carries a maximum 20-year penalty and a minimum term of five years, along with a fine of up to $250,000, court records show. In the charging records, authorities say there are believed to be at least 21 victims. So far, eight — residents of California and other states — have been identified, according to San Francisco police. The criminal complaint describes Tang as the primary offender, alleging that he reached out to girls online for child sexual abuse material, and threatened numerous times to “expose” them if they didn’t film themselves committing various sex acts. Sison, meanwhile, is described by authorities as an accomplice; the complaint alleges that when the victims would...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Chatsworth man was indicted on Friday in a cyberstalking case during this summer involving two sisters he is accused of threatening with rape and murder. 25-year-old Alex Scott Roberts is charged with two counts of stalking and four counts of making threats through text messages. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. It was not immediately clear if Roberts knew the unnamed sisters, or what his alleged motive was in his communications. Roberts is currently in state custody serving a sentence for violating his parole. He is expected to be transferred into federal custody by the FBI at the end of the month for the cyberstalking case, officials said. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Two men from the East Bay have been arrested on federal charges for allegedly stalking and sexually exploiting at least eight minors over social media platforms, authorities said. Delaney Tang of Oakland and Vincenz Sison of Concord were arrested Tuesday and booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin following an investigation by San Francisco Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit. Tang was charged with solicitation of child pornography and conspiracy to commit cyberstalking, while Sison was charged with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking, police said. They made their first court appearances on Wednesday. Police said they launched their investigation after an official at a high school in San Francisco reported that several students were extorted for sexually explicit videos and pictures on social media. During their investigation, police determined that Tang had created dozens of social media accounts on various platforms under false names and false profile photos, in some cases posing as a minor. Police said Tang would ask victims for pictures and videos and if they refused, he was able to determine where...
    A former Santa Clara police captain pleaded guilty to federal charges that he and several other eBay employees mounted an elaborate cyberstalking scheme to silence a Massachusetts couple whose newsletter criticized the e-commerce giant, then interfered with the investigation using intimidation tactics that included sending them live spiders, cockroaches, and a fetal pig. Philip Cooke, 55, of San Jose, pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and a count of conspiracy to tamper with witnesses, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. Federal prosecutors added that 51-year-old San Jose resident Brian Gilbert, another retired Santa Clara captain implicated in the same ploy, is scheduled to plead guilty later this week. Along with the two disgraced former lawmen, five other former eBay employees — the company fired all seven defendants once authorities informed them about the plot — were charged over the summer. Two other admitted conspirators, San Jose residents Stephanie Popp, 32, and Veronica Zea, 26, pleaded guilty earlier this month. Gilbert will be joined by 26-year-old Redwood City...
    A former Montclair resident who is family friends with Donald Trump's family was arrested and accused of cyberstalking three people and harassing two others. The criminal complaint against Ken Kurson -- who is close friends with Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner -- was filed last week in the public corruption unit of the U.S. attorney's Brooklyn office. The alleged harassment was revealed earlier this year as part of a background check, when Kurson was nominated by the Trump administration to the board of National Endowment for the Humanities. The FBI discovered that Kurson had harassed his ex-wife and her friend, a Mount Sinai Hospital doctor, whom Kurson blamed for the deterioration of his marriage, nearly five years ago, records show. Kurson was living in Montclair when he ran for State Assembly in the 34th District in 2003. After losing to Peter Eagler, Kurson left Montclair and blamed "vitriol and nastiness" he faced during his campaign. Click here for more from the NY Times.
    By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - A former police captain who went on to work for eBay Inc pleaded guilty on Tuesday to participating in a cyberstalking campaign against a Massachusetts couple whose online newsletter was viewed as critical of the e-commerce company. Federal prosecutors in Boston said Philip Cooke, a former supervisor of security operations at eBay's European and Asian offices, and other employees harassed the couple through Twitter and sent them disturbing packages like a bloody Halloween pig mask. The 55-year-old, who was previously a police captain in Santa Clara, California, was the third former eBay employee to plead guilty in the case. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit cyberstalking and conspiring to tamper with a witness. Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a 30-month prison sentence for Cooke when he is later sentenced. He is among seven defendants, including onetime eBay security executives James Baugh and David Harville, who prosecutors said targeted the couple in Natick, Massachusetts, with threatening messages and unwanted deliveries such as a box of live cockroaches and a funeral wreath. Prosecutors said the...
    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former editor of a New York newspaper once owned by President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was charged on Friday by federal prosecutors with cyberstalking three people in connection with his divorce. Prosecutors in Brooklyn said Ken Kurson, who is also a political consultant and former speechwriter for Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, sent threatening messages and used aliases to file false complaints against his victims in late 2015 amid the divorce proceedings. They also said Kurson traveled on multiple occasions to where two victims worked, taking photos and asking about the work schedule of one, prompting their employer to hire a security guard for them. Kurson is being released on $100,000 bond following a virtual appearance before a Brooklyn federal judge, following his arrest earlier Friday. Kushner was not charged or implicated in wrongdoing. "Ken Kurson is an honorable man, a loving father and a talented writer," his lawyer Marc Mukasey said. "This case is hardly the stuff of a federal criminal prosecution. Ken will get past it." Kurson was appointed...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A friend of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner who was once offered a low-level position in the administration has been charged with cyberstalking during a heated divorce. Federal prosecutors in New York City accused Ken Kurson on Friday of sending threatening messages to several people in a pattern of harassment amid his divorce proceedings in 2015. Kurson, who works in the cryptocurrency industry, was once the editor of a Kushner-owned newspaper, The New York Observer. Kurson’s lawyer, Marc Mukasey, said in a statement: “The conduct alleged is hardly worthy of a federal criminal prosecution. Ken will get past it.” Kurson was released on $100,000 bond at his initial court appearance on Friday in a virtual hearing before a judge in federal court in Brooklyn. The investigation arose from a background check after the Trump administration offered Kurson a seat in 2018 on the board of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, New York
    NEW YORK (AP) — A friend of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner who was once offered a low-level position in the administration has been charged with cyberstalking during a heated divorce. Federal prosecutors in New York City accused Ken Kurson on Friday of sending threatening messages to several people in a pattern of harassment amid his divorce proceedings in 2015. Kurson, who works in the cryptocurrency industry, was once the editor of a Kushner-owned newspaper, The New York Observer. Kurson’s lawyer, Marc Mukasey, said in a statement: “The conduct alleged is hardly worthy of a federal criminal prosecution. Ken will get past it.” Kurson was released on $100,000 bond at his initial court appearance on Friday in a virtual hearing before a judge in federal court in Brooklyn. The investigation arose from a background check after the Trump administration offered Kurson a seat in 2018 on the board of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
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