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August 15, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Federal officials on Thursday said they have identified an individual believed to be involved in an alleged "sextortion" case involving newly crowned  Miss Teen USA  Cassidy Wolf from Orange County. More than a dozen other women had also been identified as victims in the case, but Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, said agents believe the alleged activity “has been discontinued.” The investigation, confirmed by the FBI on Wednesday , was ongoing, and no charges had been filed in the case, she added.
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March 17, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
A Temecula college student who extorted young women, including a future Miss Teen USA, into sending him nude photos and video was sentenced Monday to 18 months in federal prison, federal prosecutors said. Jared James Abrahams, 20, was arrested last year and pleaded guilty in November to one count of computer hacking and three counts of extortion, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. The case came to national attention last year after it was reported that Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, who was crowned in August, was one of Abrahams' victims.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed Wednesday they were investigating an alleged "sextortion" case involving newly crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf from Orange County and other women. Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI's Los Angeles office, said the investigation was several months old but would not discuss any details of the case, including whether a suspect had been identified. Wolf, who was Miss California Teen USA before winning the Miss Teen USA pageant over the weekend at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas, said in media interviews that she received an anonymous email from someone claiming to be in possession of nude photos of her taken via the webcam on her computer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A Glendale man who pleaded guilty in a federal “sextortion” case, in which he targeted 350 women, coercing them into showing him pictures of themselves nude, was sentenced Monday to five years in prison. Karen “Gary” Kazaryan, 27,   pleaded guilty in July   to one count of identity theft and one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer. He was sentenced to 60 months. Prosecutors said Kazaryan hacked into the victims' Facebook,   Skype   and email accounts and changed their passwords, locking them out of the accounts.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
An Indiana computer company owner is being held on two federal counts of sexually exploiting a child in what authorities on Monday said could become the nation's biggest case of “sextortion” - blackmailing minors into becoming the objects of sexually explicit photographs or videos. Richard Leon Finkbiner, 39, was arrested Friday at his home in Brazil , Ind., and charged with forcing at least two minors to engage in sexually explicit activity that Finkbiner allegedly captured with a webcam, said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Joseph H. Hogsett at a news conference Monday.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
An Indiana man, already facing charges that he forced two boys into making sexually graphic Web videos, has been hit with a new round of federal charges stemming from the same alleged “sextortion” scheme. In a criminal complaint filed Friday in the Eastern District of Michigan, Richard Leon Finkbiner, 39, of Brazil, Ind., was charged with coercing a minor to produce pornography that was then transported in interstate commerce, according to U.S. Atty. Barbara L. McQuade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Richard Winton
Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf discussed being a victim in her former high school classmate's “sextortion” case on the “Today” show Friday morning, saying she recognized his name but never talked to him when they went to school together. “It's weird for me to be able to put a face to the person that did this to me and to know its someone I went to high school with,” Wolf told Savannnah Guthrie. On Thursday, 19-year-old Temecula college freshman Jared James Abrahams was taken into custody on federal charges that he "sextorted" newly crowned   Miss Teen USA Wolf   and other young women around the world by hijacking their computer's webcams to capture naked images.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Alcoholism treatment — A federal judge has ordered the marketers of a phony alcoholism cure to pay more than $700,000 in penalties. The Federal Trade Commission and the Florida attorney general's office had accused Alcoholism Cure Corp., also known as ACF, of marketing ineffective supplements to treat alcoholism and threatening to expose customers' alcoholism if they asked for a refund. The fine will be used to repay victims, the FTC said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
A Glendale man faces up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty in a “sextortion” case in which he targeted 350 women and coerced them into showing him pictures of them nude. Karen “Gary” Kazaryan, 27, pleaded guilty this week to one count of identity theft and one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer. Prosecutors said Kazaryan hacked into the Facebook, Skype and email accounts of victims and changed their passwords, locking them out of their own online accounts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A Glendale man who pleaded guilty in a federal “sextortion” case, in which he targeted 350 women, coercing them into showing him pictures of themselves nude, was sentenced Monday to five years in prison. Karen “Gary” Kazaryan, 27,   pleaded guilty in July   to one count of identity theft and one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer. He was sentenced to 60 months. Prosecutors said Kazaryan hacked into the victims' Facebook,   Skype   and email accounts and changed their passwords, locking them out of the accounts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A 19-year-old man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to a "sextortion" scheme involving naked photos and videos of at least a dozen women, including Miss Teen USA, faces up to 33 months in federal prison. The guilty plea comes less than two months after the family of Temecula college freshman Jared James Abrahams apologized through an attorney for  "the consequences of his behavior. " Abrahams pleaded guilty to four federal crimes, including extortion and unauthorized access of a computer, in a case involving victims from their late teens to their early 20s around the globe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The attorney for a 19-year-old man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to "sextorting" photos via hacked personal computers of at least dozen women including Miss Teen USA, said his client has autism, but that it was no excuse for the behavior. Jared James Abrahams of Temecula faces 27 to 33 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to four federal crimes, including unauthorized accessed of a computer and extortion involving victims from their late teens to their early 20s around the globe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Richard Winton
The family of the 19-year-old man suspected of being behind the "sextortion" of Miss Teen USA and other women apologized through an attorney for "the consequences of his behavior. " Temecula college freshman Jared James Abrahams, 19, was taken into custody on federal charges that he "sextorted" newly crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other young women around the world by hijacking their computer's webcams to capture naked images. He then used them to blackmail females as young as 16 to provide even more images, videos or live chat sessions, according to a criminal complaint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Richard Winton
Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf discussed being a victim in her former high school classmate's “sextortion” case on the “Today” show Friday morning, saying she recognized his name but never talked to him when they went to school together. “It's weird for me to be able to put a face to the person that did this to me and to know its someone I went to high school with,” Wolf told Savannnah Guthrie. On Thursday, 19-year-old Temecula college freshman Jared James Abrahams was taken into custody on federal charges that he "sextorted" newly crowned   Miss Teen USA Wolf   and other young women around the world by hijacking their computer's webcams to capture naked images.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A 19-year-old Temecula college freshman was taken into custody Thursday on federal charges he "sextorted" newly crowned Miss Teen USA and other young women around the world by hijacking their computer's webcams to capture naked images. Jared James Abrahams allegedly commandeered webcams of unsuspecting women in Canada, Ireland, Russia and across the United States, a federal criminal complaint unsealed Thursday said. After hacking into the webcams to obtain nude photos and videos, Abrahams allegedly used them to blackmail females as young as 16 to provide even more images, videos or live chat sessions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The 19-year-old Temecula man charged with "sextorting" newly crowned Miss Teen USA and several other young women allegedly told FBI agents that he used 30 to 40 computers to carry out his crimes. According to a criminal complaint and court affidavit, Jared James Abrahams hijacked webcams to capture naked images of the women and then blackmailed them for more. He allegedly forced an Irish girl and a Canadian woman to disrobe for him, a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Richard Winton
A Temecula man is expected to plead guilty in federal court Tuesday to “sextorting” nude photos and videos from the recently crowned Miss Teen USA and other women by hacking into their computers. In a court filing submitted Monday in an Orange County federal court, Jared James Abrahams, 19, agreed that he will plead guilty to illegally accessing at least a dozen women's computers to extort them. Among those said to be his victims was Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, who went public with the effort to extort her. In the filing, Abrahams admits to hijacking women's webcams to capture naked images of them and then blackmailing them for more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Richard Winton
The family of the 19-year-old man suspected of being behind the "sextortion" of Miss Teen USA and other women apologized through an attorney for "the consequences of his behavior. " Temecula college freshman Jared James Abrahams, 19, was taken into custody on federal charges that he "sextorted" newly crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other young women around the world by hijacking their computer's webcams to capture naked images. He then used them to blackmail females as young as 16 to provide even more images, videos or live chat sessions, according to a criminal complaint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The FBI has arrested a 19-year-old Temecula man who authorities believe to be involved in a "sextortion" case involving Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf from Orange County, officials said Thursday. Jared James Abrahams is accused of cybercrimes for allegedly hacking into victims' accounts, according to charges unsealed Thursday. Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman, confirmed that Abrahams had been taken into custody.   Investigators have identified several other victims in the case.
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