According to a new report, Florida man Christian Mosco came across several boxes filled with customer sales records from Jon Hall Chevrolet – a Chevy dealer in Daytona Beach, Florida. As you might imagine, the boxes contained a good deal of sensitive information, including customers’ Social Security numbers, addresses, and the like. Rather than returning the information to the dealer, Mosco allegedly decided to try making a quick buck by extorting the dealership.
According to investigators, Mosco demanded $50,000 and a new 2019 Chevrolet Malibu from the store, which is owned by former mayor of Daytona Beach, Glenn Ritchey. If the dealership didn’t pony up the cash and car, Mosco threatened to go public with his find.
“If they refused to do business with him, he would be forced to go to the media, the media would then in turn put out this big story that would force a class action lawsuit that would make Jon Hall go out of business,” said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.
In response, the dealership called the Sheriff’s Office. Undercover cops then met with Mosco, who was promptly arrested. It’s believed the records found were real, and possibly stolen years ago.
According to Orlando TV station WESH, the Sheriff’s Office said Mosco defended his attempt at extortion by saying he “was not trying to be greedy and could have asked for more money, but chose a reasonable amount and a 2019 Chevy Malibu, which was his wife’s favorite car.”
However, as Sheriff Michael Chitwood points out, rather than getting a 2019 Chevrolet Malibu, Mosco instead got a “ride in the back of our paddy wagon, which I think is a 2006 Ford van.”
Here’s a hot tip for all you would-be extortionists out there: if your wife wants a new 2019 Chevy Malibu, crime is not the answer. Pricing starts at a very reasonable $22,090, and odds are you’ll get a good deal on one as long as you don’t use sensitive customer information as leverage in the negotiation process.
Source: WESH 2