NJ man who falsely claimed he was offered a job in exchange for 3-way sex pleads guilty to extortion

Posted April 07, 2014, at 2:07 p.m.
Last modified April 07, 2014, at 5:11 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to one count of extortion in connection with his attempts to land a job at Vescom Corp., a Hampden-based firm that provides security for businesses.

By pleading guilty, Patrick M. Curley, 50, of Passaic, N.J., admitted that from April 27 to Aug. 3, 2010, he made phone calls, sent emails and letters to one of the firm’s senior executives in which he threatened legal action, claiming he had been offered a job in exchange for a three-way sexual encounter.

Curley’s intention was “to obtain money or something of value from Vescom to which he had no valid claim or right,” according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty.

In a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Curley waived his right to appeal his sentence to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston as long as it is not longer than six months. He also agreed not to appeal as long as the fine is no more than $2,000, according to court documents.

He faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Curley entered his guilty plea two days before his jury trial was scheduled to begin.

The events that led to Curley’s indictment by a federal grand jury on March 21, 2013, began three years earlier when he applied for a job with Vescom. On April 21, 2010, the victim interviewed Curley for a security position in New York City.

Six days later, Curley emailed the victim and “accused her and her husband of making condescending and derogatory remarks against him and of proposing that he engage in three-way sex in exchange for a job offer,” according to court documents. Curley threatened to file a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and to sue Vescom for sexual harassment.

The prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty said that Curley knew his accusations were untrue. He also knew, or should have known, that the executive would take Curley’s claims as a threat to her reputation.

Curley has been free on bail $50,000 unsecured bail since his arrest in March 2013. On Monday, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock ordered Curley remain free on the same bail while awaiting sentencing.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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