PHOENIX (AP) – Three people have been charged with fraud in Arizona. Prosecutors said it was a harassment program to get payments from sex offenders in exchange for removing their names from a website.
An indictment released Thursday accused Charles Rodrick of Scottsdale and Brent Oesterblad of obtaining information from the National Predator Database website and posting it on a website created by Rodrick.
Prosecutors say Rodrick, Oesterblad and Sarah Shea subsequently received money to remove the names from Rodrick’s website but did not do so or republish the victims’ profiles on other Rodrick websites. They also said the trio harassed others whose names were not listed on the National Predator Database by posting fraudulent sex offender profiles on Rodrick’s websites.
Rodrick, 60, was taken into custody at Sky Harbor International Airport on Tuesday when he was returning from Costa Rica.
At Rodrick’s first trial, prosecutor Nicole Shaker said Rodrick had a separate $ 3 million civil sentence against him in Maricopa County for the victims of the criminal case, but he hadn’t paid them anything. Shaker said Rodrick used limited companies and girlfriends to hide his assets.
At the hearing, Rodrick said the FBI tried federal proceedings against him a few years ago, but a federal grand jury rejected it. “That this shows up now in 2021 is a shock to me,” said Rodrick.
Shaker denied that the current case was heard by a federal grand jury.
Bond was set at $ 30,000 for Rodrick, who was required to wear an ankle monitor outside of prison.
Messages left on Thursday for Rodrick’s attorney Kristopher Califano were not returned immediately.
It’s unclear if Oesterblad and Shea have attorneys to speak on behalf of their clients.
Although Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office published the indictment, the court record was not publicly available even on Thursday lunchtime. Oesterblad and Shea had no phone numbers listed.
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