A Rocky Hill man has been accused by the Fairfield Police Department of trying to extort money from women through a fake modeling scheme and threats to release nude photos.
Anand Amin, 24, of Catherine Street, Rocky Hill, was charged Jan. 16 with first-degree larceny by extortion and criminal attempt to commit first-degree larceny.
Amin was held in lieu of $100,000 bond and is due to appear in court on Jan. 30.
Fairfield police said the arrest was the culmination of a five-month investigation by Detectives Fred Caruso and Steven Rilling into a phony modeling scheme concocted by Amin.
One of the victims was a Sacred Heart University student. Police are advising other victims of the scheme who have not already been contacted by detectives to contact the Fairfield Police Detective Bureau at 203-254-4840.
Posed online as female talent scout
Police said Amin would pose online as a female talent scout for the fictitious “Gucci Top Modeling” company. Applicants were promised large sums of money for modeling work.
However, as part of the application process, they were required to submit their biographical information, pay a fee and submit nude and/or semi nude photos of themselves.
Numerous applicants who did so were then coerced into paying additional sums of money, and/or perform sexual acts with Amin to prevent the public release of the photos, police said.
Police: Would threaten to share photos
“His taunts included threats to forward the photos/videos to friends, parents, university officials and law enforcement,” according to a press release from the Fairfield Police Department.
“There was no legitimate modeling aspect to this scheme,” police said. “Victims never received modeling work, nor was the money they deposited with Amin ever refunded.”
Rilling first learned of the scheme when he was contacted by a victim, a former Sacred Heart University student. The initial information ultimately led to the execution of search warrants at Amin’s Rocky Hill home that not only corroborated the victim’s account, but led to the identification of additional victims, police said.