American lawyer extorted porn viewers

With the release of porn film to trick viewers into downloading and threatening to sue, two US lawyers profited three million dollars.


On June 14, the federal court in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA fined the former lawyer Paul Hansmeier (37 years old), sentenced to 14 years in prison, two years probation, and had to demand to pay over $ 1.5 million in compensation because participating in the distribution of porn videos online and extorting viewers.

According to the indictment, from 2011 to 2014, Paul Hansmeier and his colleague John Steele bought the copyright or produced pornographic films and shared on online websites to lure others to download and watch.

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After that, the defendant will sue, ask a court order to retrieve the identity of the user and then perform many blackmail tricks (for example, call and write a threatening message). The victim is afraid of being severely punished and revealing pornography, so he will pay the $ 3,000 reconciliation prize at the request of the defendant.

Lawyers set up many ghost companies with fake directors to hide their personal identities and interests in lawsuits, and take advantage of the court as a money-making tool. From more than 200 unfounded lawsuits, authorities accused Paul Hansmeier of co-conspirators of earning about $ 3 million.

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The prosecutor proposed to punish Paul Hansmeier for a 12-year and 6-month sentence on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering, but the judge offered a framework penalty (14 years in prison) for allegedly damaging behavior. The abuse of Paul Hansmeier’s belief in the judicial system is very large, almost impossible to measure.

Earlier, in September 2016, Minnesota State Supreme Court permanently suspended Paul Hansmeier’s law practice license. Commander John Steele was also expelled from the bar association in Illinois and will be sentenced on July 9. John Steele is expected to have a lesser sentence for cooperating with authorities in the investigation.