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This “Love Sorcerer” Scammed 200 People In 12 Countries Who Were Seeking Love

An Argentine man was supposed to help people find romantic success, but instead, he extorted them. Ariel Boiteux, 31, was sentenced to two years in prison for masterminding an extortion scheme that preyed on people trying to find love through magic spells. A self-described sorcerer and love expert, Boiteux was among four suspects convicted in the extortion scheme that used offers of brujería (witchcraft) to help people make others fall in love with them. But the service was anything but that.

There are an estimated 200 victims in at least 12 countries who fell victim to the extortion scheme.

When people contacted Boiteux’s company, Ammares Inmediatos, they would be asked to record themselves performing sexually explicit rituals and send it to him. The group would offer to perform rituals remotely for clients and told them to use specific items like candles, photographs, and alcohol, and to record the acts.

After clients recorded and sent the explicit content, Boiteux and associates would threaten to post the videos on social media unless they paid him in “large sums of money.” According to the Washington Post, the company even posted some of those explicit videos to websites, Facebook and Instagram. Boiteux would then force clients to pay to take down the posts.

The scheme originated from Latin American industry, which has crossed into the mainstream in recent years, where spirit doctors use black or white magic to make others fall in love. The estimated 200 victims came from around the globe in places the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, Paraguay, Switzerland, Spain, and Italy.

The scheme started back in 2015 when Boiteux advertised his brujería services across social media.

According to the plea agreement, the services were advertised through Facebook, Instagram, and MercadoLibre, an Argentina-based online marketplace similar to Craigslist. It was there that clients flocked to him and would pay for the services.

In one case, Boiteux blackmailed and demanded $250,000 from a female client that was described as a “well-connected public figure with access to significant financial resources.” Boiteux’ and his associates had already made her wire $7,200 through Western Union but they used that as leverage for more. She was threatened again that they would publicize the sexual content unless she paid more than $250,000.

In 2017, the extortion scheme began falling apart as authorities tracked Boiteux.

In October 2017, an agent from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) called the company asking to purchase the recordings of a previous client. Their explicit content had been partially uploaded to various websites in another extortion attempt. The agent then wired a payment to a bank account in Paraguay. When Boiteux went to get the money he was arrested by Paraguayan police and extradited to San Diego last July.

After being arrested, Boiteux still showed unstable signs of his mental state.

When extradited to San Diego, Boiteux’s mental state was in question. Before his transfer, he reportedly wired his mouth shut as part of a hunger strike. Then, during his first court appearance in San Diego when the judge asked him to confirm his identity, he responded with a statement about angels.

Nonetheless, after the mental competency exam, he was found fit to move forward with the case and pleaded guilty to one count of extortion. Boiteux was charged with foreign transmission of an extortionate threat and will now be serving two years in federal prison.

“This was a despicable scheme that preyed upon people who put their trust in a phony,” U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer said. “This defendant used the vulnerability of the lovelorn to humiliate and extort them, and for that, he will pay a price.”

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Ozuna Addresses Extortion Plot During Billboard Latin Music Week Q&A, Apologizes Again

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Ozuna Addresses Extortion Plot During Billboard Latin Music Week Q&A, Apologizes Again

Ozuna fans were shocked at the beginning of the year when they heard about an extortion plot that was consuming the reggaetonero. The singer was paying tens of thousands of dollars to keep the extorter from releasing sexually explicit videos of Ozuna when he was a teenager. Despite apologizing in January, Ozuna apologized to fans again at his Billboard Latin Music Week Q&A.

Ozuna used his Billboard Latin Music Week Q&A to address his fans on an ongoing controversy.

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Ozuna started his 45-minute long Q&A with Leia Cobo by directly addressing his fans about the extortion drama. He candidly used his own experience to speak to his fans about the importance of owning up to your action and past.

“People say you don’t have to apologize. Of course, I have to apologize,” Ozuna told Cobo during his Q&A.

The young musician admitted that he felt his fans deserved an explanation for his actions.

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For Ozuna, the apologies he has released for the extortion plot were necessary to thank those who stand behind him. Regardless of the fame and success he has experienced, he knows the importance of being open with his fans and the necessity of giving them the most honest representation of who he is.

The singer is most appreciative for his family, who are his biggest supporters.

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“My family, my wife and my kids, they know who I am,” Ozuna told the audience when answering a question about balancing negative and positive news coverage. “As long as we are with god we have nothing to fear.”

“Life is balance. It is positive and negative balance. I am not the only person who has been born with difficulties. There are errors that you make when you’re young,” Ozuna added. “I am still a human.”

This is the second time Ozuna has apologized because of the extortion plot.

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“Like many young people, I made a mistake, fueled by ignorance,” Ozuna wrote. “Today, I’m not only sorry for what happened, but I condemn it. That’s why I looked for help and I am certain everything will be cleared. Likewise, I’m following the process and am always willing to collaborate with authorities to prevent the evil that resulted from this big mistake. More importantly, I ask my family for forgiveness. They are my life’s priority and I will continue to fight for them always.”

Shortly after his apology, it was announced that late LGBTQ+ trap artist Kevin Fret was behind the extortion.

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Kevin Fret’s death at the beginning of the year set off a firestorm of fear and anger within the LGBTQ+ community. Fret was shot and killed while riding his motorbike through San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ozuna’s team came forward and admitted that Fret was the man behind the extortion plot threatening Ozuna’s career unless he got payments from the singer. However, Ozuna’s manager, after meeting with the San Juan District Attorney, said Ozuna was in no way implicated in the tragic death. Yet, Fret’s mother is adamant that Ozuna is responsible for her son’s death.

“I know that it was him [Ozuna] who ordered my son to be killed, together with Vicente Saavedra,” Hild Rodriguez, Fret’s mother, told Samantha Love on her radio show in April 2019. “Ozuna carries this in his conscience.”

Fans came out strong to support Ozuna during this time and defended him on social media.

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There is nothing funny about extortion based on sexually explicit material. That is revenge porn, a form of pornography that is being outlawed and turned into a felony offense in several states in the U.S. Not to mention that the video of Ozuna is allegedly him as a minor and has serious criminal implications if it would be released.

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