- Fraud arrests in scheme similar to scams attempted in Nebraska.
- Three indicted in Arizona.
- Lies and fake websites drove the scheme.
The Associated Press reports that three people have been charged with fraud in Arizona in what prosecutors say was a harassment scheme to get payments from sex offenders in exchange for removing their names from a website.
Schemes similar to this one have been reported in Nebraska, but Nebraska authorities have taken no action.
In an indictment released Thursday, April 8, Charles Rodrick of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Brent Oesterblad are accused of obtaining information from the National Predator Database’s site and posting it on a site created by Rodrick.
Prosecutors say Rodrick, Oesterblad and Sarah Shea then received money for removing the names from Rodrick’s site but failed to do so or republished the victims’ profiles on other sites owned by Rodrick. They also said the trio harassed others whose names weren’t listed in the National Predator Database by posting fraudulent sex offender profiles on Rodrick’s websites. Read the full story here.