The Guardia Civil have arrested two people for blackmailing a former employer. The pair had demanded €100k to avoid the spreading of sexual images and videos.
The Guardia Civil officers in Alicante arrested a 55-year-old Dutch man and a 52-year-old Spanish woman as part of the investigation. It transpired that the woman had formerly been in a relationship with the victim, as well as having been employed by him, and during that time had obtained photographs and videos of a sexual nature.
The detainees had tried to use the images from the relationship as a way to extort money from the victim. The woman contacted her former employer and demanded the money in return for the sexually explicit content which could have caused major embrassment to the victim. She had a number of photographs and videos at her disposal which she threatened to send to the victim’s wife and/or post publicly. They demanded that the victim travel to Lloret de Mar in Girona, to deliver the money.
Initially the victim offered a smaller amount of money to protect his privacy – an amount closer to €60k – and asked that they sign a document confirming that the images had been destroyed once the money had been delivered. The couple agreed, and the victim then approached the Guardia Civil.
The meeting was arranged to take place in the cafeteria of a well-known hotel in Aliante province. The Guardia Civil attended in plain clothes and waited. When the couple arrived, they sat at a table where the businessman was waiting for them. After a brief conversation the businessman offered them the agreed document and the woman went ahead and signed it. The Guardia Civil agents observed the entire encounter, identified the couple and then arrested them for alleged extortion.
The couple have been released on bail pending charges from the judicial authority. The victim, we imagine, is now having some serious conversations with his wife.