South Beach Lawyer Arrested for Blackmailing Porn Viewers
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South Beach Lawyer Arrested for Blackmailing Porn Viewers

You know that episode of Black Mirror where an unsuspecting teen is filmed watching porn through a hacked webcam, and then blackmailed into (spoiler) robbing a bank and murdering somebody, just so the hacker wouldn’t leak his information to his family? Turns out that sci-fi episode’s plotline is heavy on the "science" and pretty light on "fiction." Case in point: A South Beach lawyer was charged yesterday with operating a massive porn-blackmail scheme, in which he and his cohorts would make their own porn then upload it onto the internet in places they knew it would be illegally downloaded. The feds say that lawyer, John Steele, and his team would then wait for someone to download that porn, and then blackmail them into forking over wads of cash, lest Steele reveal the victim’s porn-watching history to the world. According to a federal indictment filed yesterday, Steele — a Minnesota native with a name that sounds suspiciously like a male porn star’s — made $6 million from the scheme, working in tandem with his University of Minnesota classmate, Paul Hansmeier. Steele was arrested in Fort Lauderdale earlier today , according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune . In November 2011, he opened […]

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