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Okla. man accused of 'revenge porn' extortions

An Oklahoma man who allegedly blackmailed women with nude and sexually explicit photos on his "revenge porn" website has been arrested and faces charges in California, Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Friday.

Casey Meyering, 28, of Tulsa allegedly ran the "revenge porn" website known as WinByState that featured photos either stolen from victims or posted by angry former boyfriends, Harris' office said.

In a kind of competition among states, the website encouraged men to post photos of women they used to date or of current girlfriends.

The website then required victims to pay $250 via a Google Wallet account to remove the photographs, the officials said. That financial account, registered at a nonexistent Beverly Hills storefront, was eventually traced to Meyering.

The attorney general began to investigate after a Northern California woman discovered stolen nude photos of herself on the site. Officials said they found 400 postings involving California people and many more from around the country.

In December, a San Diego man was arrested for allegedly operating a similar website and shakedown operation. Kevin Bollaert, 27, is awaiting trial on identity theft and extortion charges.

Okla. man accused of 'revenge porn' extortions 02/14/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 14, 2014 11:29pm]
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