Two Men Who Were Posting People's Mugshots Have Been Arrested For Extortion. Here Are Their Mugshots.
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.
https://t.co/Thdh077SaD puts people's mugshots online, and then demands payment to take them down. The site's founders were just arrested for extortion. Here are their mugshots. pic.twitter.com/gIKwCKHrxU— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) May 18, 2018
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.