Latest Extortion and threats News

Rapper Fetty Wap jailed after alleged FaceTime death threat

Aug. 09, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Fetty Wap was jailed Monday after, prosecutors say, he threatened to kill a man during a FaceTime call in 2021, violating the terms of his pretrial release in a pending federal drug conspiracy case. Wap, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, told the man,...

Dutch man accused in online harassment case found guilty

Aug. 06, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian jury found a Dutch man guilty on Saturday of extortion, harassment and other charges related to a case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed to expose herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her...

Buffalo man charged for Twitter threat to Black shoppers

Aug. 04, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Black resident of Buffalo, New York, told investigators he anonymously tweeted out a fake threat to commit mass killings against Black people in his community, days after a real mass shooting, because he wanted to see if racists would cheer him on, according to federal...

Affidavit: Prosecutor threatened to kill neighbor over dog

Aug. 04, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana prosecutor charged with harassment, intimidation and other counts threatened to kill a neighbor in a dispute over a dog, an affidavit unsealed Thursday said. Bartholomew County Prosecutor William Nash also is charged with obstruction of...

Guatemalan journalist calls charges against him a 'set-up'

Aug. 03, 2022 21:57 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A prominent Guatemalan journalist’s initial hearing before a judge was suspended Wednesday when the judge announced that the defendant’s lawyers were also targets of the government’s investigation. Following the hearing, José Rubén Zamora, president of...

NY man who sent threats to LGBTQ groups gets 30 months

Aug. 03, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A 74-year-old retired schoolteacher from a New York City suburb was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday for mailing dozens of violent threats to LGBTQ affiliated individuals, groups and businesses over several years. According to prosecutors,...

State worker, consultant plead guilty in bribery scheme

Aug. 03, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former state child welfare worker and a substance abuse consultant pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a bribery scheme in South Florida. Alexandra Alia Cadet, 31, of West Palm Beach, and Shannel Simone Escoffery, 34, of Coral Springs,...

Justice Department details threats against election workers

Aug. 03, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

The U.S. Justice Department has charged five people for making threats of violence against election workers amid a rising wave of harassment and intimidation tied to the 2020 presidential election, a top official told U.S. senators Wednesday. Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite...

Michigan GOP cancels election watch party, reports threat

Aug. 02, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party said it canceled a Tuesday evening primary watch party in Lansing after a man came to the party's headquarters and threatened to shoot up the building and burn it down. Lansing police said officers went to the building Tuesday...

FBI: Massachusetts man threatened Arizona election official

Jul. 29, 2022 19:51 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The FBI on Friday arrested a Massachusetts man for threatening to blow up Arizona's top election official following the 2020 election that saw former President Donald Trump lose in the state. James W. Clark, 38, of Falmouth made an initial court appearance in Boston...