Ex-Con posts people's mugshots on the internet, then extorts people's money to take them down
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03/31/2013 06:58 AM
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Anyone else ever hear about this? I just ran across this on facebook, seems creepy....this is legal in America? Wow.Quoting: Quadro
Florida.arrests.org is the brainchild of a computer-savvy Florida ex-con named Rob Wiggen. The 32-year-old served three years in federal prison for participating in a small-time credit-card-skimming operation (.pdf) out of a Mexican restaurant in Tallahassee.
This guy, a convicted credit card scammer, now runs a site where to remove your mugshot from his site you are required to provide uploaded images of identification, and provide payment info.
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When he clicked through, Cabibi was greeted with his mug shot and booking information from his 2007 drunk-driving arrest in Florida. It’s an incident in Cabibi’s life that he isn’t proud of, and one that he didn’t expect to find prominently listed in his search results four years later, for all the world to see.
The website was florida.arrests.org, a privately run enterprise that siphons booking photos out of county-sheriff databases throughout the Sunshine State, and posts them where Google’s web crawlers can see them for the first time. Desperate to get off the site, Cabibi quickly found an apparent ally: RemoveSlander.com. “You are not a criminal,” the website said reassuringly. “End this humiliating ordeal … Bail out of Google. We can delete the mug-shot photo.”
Cabibi paid RemoveSlander $399 by credit card, and within a day, the site had come through. His mug shot was gone from florida.arrests.org, and his Google results were clean.
“The RemoveSlander site was perfect. It seemed like it was just tailored to the mug-shot site,” Cabibi said in a recent telephone interview from Orem, Utah. “I searched ‘how to remove mug shots from florida.arrests.org,’ and the site was the first result. And I paid.”
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So basically, the guy puts the photos on this arrest website, then sets up another website telling people they have to pay to remove them! That's messed up...
None of this appears to be illegal, but it demonstrates an unintended consequence of state transparency laws — of which Florida’s is among the nation’s strongest.
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