An ex-con from Orlando, Florida met a woman online, whom he scammed $3,000 out of and then proceeded to ask for nudes.
According to the Police, Michael William McDougal aged 35, who was convicted of fraud in 2015, posed as a man named Michael Reynolds on Plenty of Fish. After meeting the unnamed woman, the two took their conversation to Facebook, where McDougal asked to borrow $1,000 after “losing his bank card.”
The woman lent Michael William McDougal $3,000 over the course of several days, which he promised to pay back. Once the woman caught on to the scam, the suspect used his real name to clear up “confusion” about his alter ego, claiming he’d cover the victim’s losses. He then offered to pay her $5,000 if she sent nude photos to his cousin, which she agreed.
McDougal then threatened he’d report her to the police for sending nudes to an underage teen and proceeds to ask for more money claiming his cousin was 16. The woman eventually went to police in early February to report the scam.
On Thursday (Mar 12), police arrested McDougal on charges of extortion and scheme to defraud. After posting a $4,500 bond, authorities released him. If convicted, he looks to face 20 years in prison.