EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCalifornia Actor Sentenced In Extortion Scheme
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Reported by: Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 11, 2013 8:24 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 11, 2013 10:52 PM EDT
A 26-year old California aspiring actor has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for orchestrating a multi-million dollar extortion scheme.
One of his victims was West Virginia coal billionaire Chris Cline.
Shah threatened to kill family members of seven prominent victims, including Cline, movie producer Harvey Weinstein and Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky, unless they wired tens of millions of dollars into offshore bank accounts.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Shah created false identities, used pre-paid debit cards, altered his computer's address and used anonymous internet routers to hide his identity.
Shah was sentenced today in u-s district court in Beckley. He pled guilty to the charges in May.
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