New development in Joe Sebok Sextortion case

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Apr 24, 2013 Posted in Legal Poker News, Poker Gossip | No Comments »

Online Poker BillPokerNewsBoy.com has received information regarding a new twist in the Joe Sebok “Sextortion” case that has been covered by every poker news outlet and many mainstream news outlets as well. So, if you thought the case was over, now that the two men have been sentenced, think again. In addition to several other poker players who were targeted for blackmail (cited only by their initials during the trial), there are two other people who were also hacked by one of the now-convicted men long after he was initially arrested in the Joe Sebok hacking case.

Before we get into the new developments let me give a quick rundown of the case: The two men Tyler Schrier (23) and Keith James Hudson (39) were sentenced to 42 months and 24 months respectively for their roles in the extortion scheme. Schrier pled guilty to conspiracy, extortion and unauthorized access to a protected computer, which carried a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison. Hudson pled guilty to a charge of unauthorized access to a protected computer for purposes of financial gain, which carries a maximum sentence of five years. A third man, Ryder Finney, also pled guilty to conspiracy and will be sentenced later this year.

So what really happened?

First we had the leaked photo of Joe Sebok that was posted at only a single website back in 2010, along with an alleged e-mail written by Joe Sebok to his ex-girlfriend Amanda Leatherman, who was at this time dating Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu – it should be noted that the initials A.L. and D.N. were used in the case as other people the duo tried to extort money from after hacking Joe Sebok’s computer.

If you need to get caught up on the recent sentencing you can find the basic details at the DailyMail.co.uk. But as I learned today, the story goes even deeper than Joe Sebok, as the Daily Mail article hints at in the final sentence of the article: “In 2012, while free on bond in the Sebok case, Schrier illegally accessed two email accounts to steal some $4,000 from online poker accounts, prosecutors said.”

In addition to the reported $26,000 Schrier extorted from other poker players back in 2010, in 2012 he also successfully hacked the above mentioned E-Mail accounts and gained access to sensitive account data that allowed him to access poker accounts. I spoke to one of these individuals earlier today, the owner of the online poker forum, pokerforums.org, and was informed that one of these accounts was his, and the other victim was an unnamed Lock Poker Pro.

So who is Tyler Schrier? Schrier comes from a well-to-do family, the son of Douglas Schrier, a general Partner at Rembrandt Venture Partners, a successful invest firm focusing on startups in the technology field. According to one of Tyler Schrier’s victims, he has been in contact with the elder Schrier from the outset. This begs the question of what Schrier’s motivations were to hack and attempt to extort money from these individuals; was it money or just the thrill?

So, despite sentences it seems there is still more to uncover regarding this case, such as, the $26,000 Schrier extorted from other poker players, and who “E.C.”, “R.P.”, “N.D.”, “K.L.” and “G.P.” are and will they get their money back. We’ll be sure to update this story if and when restitution is made or more details emerge.

 

 



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