Cops uncover ‘sextortion’ ring that drove Michigan teenager to commit suicide


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Seventeen-year-old Jordan DeMay was a homecoming champ, star athlete and beloved role model at Marquette High School in Michigan. He was also a victim of what investigators described as an “international sextortion ring” that led him to suicide last March.

A disturbing Instagram message between a suspected Nigerian scammer and a teenage girl who extorted him by posing as a teenage girl came Wednesday after a months-long investigation that led to the indictment of three men. by U.S. Attorney Mark Totten for the Western District of Michigan.

Samuel Ogosi, 22, Samson Ogosi, 20, and Ezekiel Ejehem Robert, 19, of Lagos, Nigeria, have been charged with Demay’s “sextortion.”

DeMay was sexually blackmailed on Instagram by three scammers, according to the indictment.

This is an increasingly common tactic in crime. to an upward trend. According to Totten, perpetrators often use blackmail by encouraging victims to impersonate others and send sexual messages and photos.

In this case, the scammer allegedly bought a hacked Instagram account with the handle ‘dani.robertts’ and pretended to be a teenage girl chatting with DeMay over DM. At one point, she urged Demay to send nude photos.

When DeMay obliged, “dani.robertts,” who prosecutors say was actually Okoshi, allegedly threatened to send the photos to DeMay’s family and friends.

“All you have to do is cooperate with me.

DeMay paid Ogoshi $300, but he continued to threaten the teen, according to the indictment.

“I am kms rn [kill myself right now]’” DeMay wrote at one point. “Your B.C.”

According to the indictment, Okoshi replied in a subsequent message, “It was good.” “Hurry up or let me do it. I swear to God.”

Demay died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after the exchange.

At a press conference Wednesday announcing the charges, Demey’s mother, Jennifer Buta, said, “As a parent, I know what Jordan went through that night and how scared he was because of this senseless action. I can’t begin to imagine.

Totten reveals that DeMay was just one of many victims targeted in a three-person global sextortion operation.

“The indictment, which was opened this morning, alleges these defendants targeted more than 100 victims, both minors and adults,” Totten said.

Totten said the extradition process is underway in cooperation with the Nigerian government. He added that the investigation is still ongoing and that more defendants may be indicted in the future.

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