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Two Men Who Were Posting People's Mugshots Have Been Arrested For Extortion. Here Are Their Mugshots.

By Nadine / mardi 22 mai 2018 10:00
FML? Or just plain karma?

The owners of Mugshots.com, a website that posts people's mugshots and refuses to remove them without a fee, have been arrested.

The best part of the whole story is the look on their faces when they had to take their own mugshots. Oh, the irony.

According to DigitalTrends, Sahar Sarid and Thomas Keesee were just two of the men who ran the operation, Kishore Vidya Bhavnanie and David Usdan have also been arressted. The men are accused of identity theft, money laundering, and extortion.

“This pay-for-removal scheme attempts to profit off of someone else’s humiliation,”  Attorny General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “Those who can’t afford to pay into this scheme to have their information removed pay the price when they look for a job, housing, or try to build relationships with others. This is exploitation, plain and simple.”

The site accrued about $2 million by forcing people to pay hundreds in order to remove their mugshots. A majority of these mugshots were from people with California addresses. 

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By  Callyn  |  44

Putting those mugshots online can ruin lives. It can get people fired and cause them to be unable to find a job. Get people kicked out of their apartments. How is that not a threat? These guys are scum.

That said, FML, this is bad. Don't do this shit, you're just doing what they did for the lulz instead of for money. I don't really expect you to be better than this, but you should try to be.

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By  Zekfen  |  12

I’m thinking the extortion charge will be hard to prove, and without it, the other two charges fall apart. Exploitation is not extortion: the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats. Did they force the men to pay? Did they threaten them? Nope? They simply posted the mug shots online as a public service and offered to remove them for an administration fee. No force or threats involved.

An asshole thing to do? Sure, especially if charges are dropped or the person is found not guilty. But if found guilty? Suck it up.

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  Callyn  |  44

Putting those mugshots online can ruin lives. It can get people fired and cause them to be unable to find a job. Get people kicked out of their apartments. How is that not a threat? These guys are scum.

That said, FML, this is bad. Don't do this shit, you're just doing what they did for the lulz instead of for money. I don't really expect you to be better than this, but you should try to be.

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If they are telling people "pay up or your photo remains on this website" that's a threat, so it's extortion and it should be easy to prove.
Posting photos unauthorised online is not a public service.

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