A Rocky Hill man has been accused by Fairfield Police of trying to extort money from women through a fake modeling scheme and threats to release nude photos.
Anand Amin, 24, of Catherine Street, was charged Jan. 16 with first-degree larceny be extortion and criminal attempt to commit first-degree larceny.
Fairfield Police said the arrest was the culmination of a five-month investigation by Detectives Steven Rilling and Fred Caruso into a phony modeling scheme concocted by Amin.
Police saidAmin 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.
“His taunts included threats to forward the photos/videos to friends, parents, university officials and law enforcement,” according to a press release from Fairfield Police.
“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 lead to the execution of search warrants at Amin’s Rocky Hill home which not only corroborated the victim’s account, but lead to the identification of additional victims, police said.
Amin was held in lieu of $100,000 bond and is due to appear in court on Jan. 30.
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.