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Maryland Man Who Extorted Massachusetts Victims He Met On Online Dating Website Sentenced

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Maryland man was sentenced today for making extortionate threats toward victims in Massachusetts. 

Brandon D. Kane, 28, of Baltimore, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris to time served (five months in prison), one year of supervised release and restitution of $4,800. In September 2023, Kane pleaded guilty to two counts of interstate transmission of extortionate threats. 

Kane used an online dating website to meet victims locally in Eastern Massachusetts from at least September 2021 through May 2022. During two such meetings, Kane made unauthorized videos of his victims engaging in illicit drug use or sexual activity with him. Kane then threatened to release the videos to the victims’ families and employers unless his victims paid him. One victim ultimately paid Kane $3,500 and another paid Kane $1,300.

Acting United State Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica Soto and Benjamin Tolkoff of the Criminal Division prosecuted the case.

Updated April 9, 2024