A Connecticut man was arrested this week for posing as a modeling scout and coercing women into performing sex acts.
Anand Amin, 24, is accused of posting bogus modeling gigs online under the name “Gucci Top Modeling.”
He allegedly promised women high-paying modeling jobs if they paid him a fee and submitted nude or semi-nude photographs to him.
He then blackmailed the women, threatening to send their pictures to friends, families, and school officials if the women did not comply.
There was no legitimate work aspect of the scheme; victims never received work or refunds.
One victim, a former student at Sacred Heart University, clued police into the scheme after being a victim for two years.
“She thought that they had a mutual friend,” explained Sgt. Sue Lussier, of Fairfield Police. “She thought that it was a legitimate modeling company. All the while, he was portraying himself to be an agent or a representative of the modeling company.”
The woman claims she sent Amin nude photographs, but he kept asking for more and more risqué pictures. She was uncomfortable and realized it was a scheme. She asked for her money back, and Amin threatened to release the photos to her friends and family if she went to Fairfield police.
A search of his home turned up evidence of as many as 40 victims, police said. Laptops, DVDs and other evidence were confiscated.
After a five-month probe, Amin was arrested and booked on charges including larceny by extortion and criminal attempt to commit larceny.
Scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 30, he is being held on $100,000 bail.