• Student’s dad arrested on sex trafficking charges after magazine’s revelations

    The father of a former Sarah Lawrence College student allegedly extorted and abused several students from the prestigious university and forced at least one student into prostitution over the past decade, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Lawrence Ray “exploited and abused young women and men emotionally, physically and sexually for his own financial gain,” ultimately extorting […]

  • Authorities: Man Took Sexual Photos of Woman, Attempted to Extort Money

    A Redondo Beach man was in custody Friday, accused of attempting to extort a woman he was having a sexual relationship with, allegedly threatening to share her nude photos if she didn’t pay him. Joel Daza, 44, was arrested Thursday at a hotel on Sunnymead Boulevard in Moreno Valley, the day after an identified woman […]

  • California Governor Hears of Salvadorans’ Struggles in Visit

    David Escobar Fuentes fled El Salvador because gangs were extorting his ranching family, while Bryon Melgar Menjivar wanted to escape the pressure to join a gang that started when he was 15. Sandra Monroy headed north for a good job. They told California Gov. Gavin Newsom their stories Monday, the second day of his visit […]

  • Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer owner of ‘extortion and blackmail’

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer’s parent company of “extortion and blackmail” on Thursday for threatening to publish embarrassing photos and texts from him if he didn’t drop an investigation into how the tabloid obtained text messages exposing his extramarital affair. The emails that Bezos published, which have not been confirmed by NBC […]

  • Wal-Mart, Other Big Retailers Extorting Shoplifters: Lawsuit

    Some of the largest retail chains in the country are extorting money from potential customers, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed Monday in San Jose. The suit alleges stores such as Wal-Mart, Bloomingdales and Krogers are accusing people of shoplifting then charging those customers money in exchange for not calling police. Wal-Mart stores like […]

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