Earlier this year, Michael C. Ford was formally charged in a federal court in Atlanta with running his elaborate sextortion scheme against hundreds of women—incredibly, primarily from his heavily monitored, government-owned work computer.
According to government prosecutors, Ford would write to women, saying he had obtained nude photographs of that victim. This was the case for one woman, dubbed “Jane Doe One,” an 18-year-old woman in Kentucky. Ford wrote to Jane Doe One, demanding that she send videos of “sexy girls” undressing in changing rooms. He threatened to publish sexually explicit photos of her if she did not comply.
“Ford engaged in an international sextortion campaign,” United States Attorney John Horn said in a statement.
“He tormented numerous women by threatening to humiliate them unless they provided him with sexually explicit photos and videos, and in some cases, he followed through on his threats. This case demonstrates the need to be careful in safeguarding personal information and passwords, especially in response to suspicious e-mails.”
Ford is scheduled to be sentenced on February 16, 2016.