final until disposition of timely filed motion for rehearing.
from the Circuit Court for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit,
Broward County; John Contini and Dennis D. Bailey, Judges;
L.T. Case No. 13-011010CF10A.
Haughwout, Public Defender, and Alan T. Lipson, Assistant
Public Defender, West Palm Beach, for appellant.
Jo Bondi, Attorney General, Tallahassee, and Rachael Kaiman,
Assistant Attorney General, West Palm Beach, for appellee.
the story of a man who looked for love in the wrong place and
ended up as the victim of an extortion plot.
victim is a doctor. He came to know appellant through a
website, ashleymadison.com, which specializes in connecting
married people who seek an extramarital affair. After
exchanging sexually explicit messages, the doctor and
appellant met at a hotel for sex. Afterwards, appellant
contacted the doctor about a second date, but he told her he
could not see her for a while and expressed guilt about his
became angry. The doctor worried that his wife would find
out. In a series of text messages, appellant provided the
doctor with his last name, home address, the names and birth
dates of his daughters, and the name of his wife.
doctor had not provided such personal information to
Multiple times, appellant threatened to tell the doctor's
wife about the affair. He begged her not to and asked,
"What can I do to make this right?" Ultimately,
appellant suggested that he pay off her $7, 000 credit card
bill, stating, "You're gonna pay one way or the
other." She refused to give him the actual bill, and
said he should pay her directly.
doctor offered to pay appellant $4, 000 up front, with the
rest later. Appellant agreed. She texted the doctor an
account number to use to deposit money at a bank. He went to
the bank with a $4, 000 check, but was unable to make the
deposit because the bank required the full name of the
account holder. By text, the doctor asked appellant for the
full name on the account. She refused to provide it, stating
she did not trust him.
after the bank closed, appellant texted the doctor a
different account number and the name, "Amber Lewis,
" for making a deposit.
next morning, the doctor contacted his lawyer who arranged to
meet him at the Broward County Sheriff's Office
("BSO"). He provided law enforcement his text
messages with appellant and identified her picture. Appellant
turned out to be a civilian employee of BSO. Under law
enforcement supervision, the doctor made several telephone
calls to appellant and arranged to meet her in person.
provided the doctor with an envelope of investigative funds
and set up surveillance equipment to record the meeting.
After the doctor arrived at the meeting place, he walked over
to appellant with the envelope and said, "We're
agreeing? This is it. You'll leave me and my family
alone?" Appellant ...