On Thursday, a judge handed a year and half prison term to a Virginia woman who extorted nearly $63,000 from a Caroline County man after sleeping with him and threatening to tell his wife that he paid her for sex.
22-year-old Briana Nashae Muhammad of Newport News, Virginia, who had previously pleaded guilty to a single felony count of extortion, was sentenced by Judge Sarah Deneke in Caroline Circuit Court to 10 years, with eight years and six months suspended.
Also, Muhammad was ordered to make restitution totaling $62,800 to the victim, who kept every receipt associated with the blackmail.
Court documents and the evidence presented by prosecutor Bryan Dunkum showed that an investigation began on July 15 when Sgt. B.J. Sadler went to the Ladysmith McDonald’s to meet with the victim, who is in his early 60s.
The victim told Sadler that he had met Muhammad online about a year earlier and paid her for sex. A few months after that initial meeting, Muhammad began extorting money from the man by threatening to tell his wife and family about their escapades.
As part of her threats, Dunkum said Muhammad did such things as going to the victim’s house, waving to him and his wife, leaving notes on his car and texting him pictures of his grandchildren. When confronted by Sadler, court records show that Muhammad admitted to extorting “several thousands of dollars” from the victim.
According to Dunkum, Muhammad pretended to be a minor as part of her scam of blackmailing and extorting money from men.
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On July 15, Muhammad was arrested when she showed up at the usual pickup spot [McDonald’s] expecting to pick up another $20,000.
The victim, who used part of his retirement savings to pay Muhammad, had already told his wife about his infidelity prior to her arrest.