Man Charged With Internet Gay Sex Blackmail
by Steph Smith
|Posted: May 21,
2004 12:31 p.m. ET
(Chicago, Illinois) A Chicago man who
surfed Internet gay chat rooms and struck up conversations with other men,
finding out details of their lives, has been charged with attempting to
Police allege the man "sweet talked"
the victims into emailing him compromising pictures of themselves. He threatened
to expose the men's sexuality to his wife unless he sent him money.
The victim wire-transferred $1,000, but the man
demanded an additional $2,500, federal agents said.
The victim then hired a private investigator, who
traced the man through the email account and the wire-transfer. The FBI
was then notified.
While the federal investigators were looking into
the man he made additional email demands for money from the man.
He was arrested after surveillance tapes showed
him picking up one of two wire-transfers from the victim.
Brett T. Wohl, 26, has been charged in federal
court with extortion. Wohl was ordered held in detention pending trial
after prosecutors argued Wohl was a danger and a flight risk.
was on parole after serving time for a similar offense in 2002. At that
time Wohl pleaded guilty to one felony count of extortion. He was sentenced to four months in prison, four months of home confinement
and three years of supervised release.
say people need to be suspicious of anyone they meet on the Internet.