Casey Meyering, homeless revenge porn site operator, going to jail

Casey Meyering booking photo

Casey Meyering’s booking photo, courtesy KTVU.

Casey Meyering, a Tulsa-Oklahoma man who operated WinByState.com, was sentenced to three years in jail by a Sonoma County, California court today.  Meyering had pleaded no-contest to one count of extortion, three counts of attempted extortion, and one count of conspiracy.

In June of 2013, I documented how Meyering had ripped off an extortion scheme pioneered by another revenge porn site operator, Craig Brittain.  Meyering created Takedownhammer.info, copying Brittain’s Takedownhammer.com (word for word), and solicited payments to this “independent” service using a Google Wallet account clearly linked to Meyering’s drum-lessons business.

When Meyering was arrested in February of 2014 1, he was found in a Tulsa hotel room, drunk.  He subsequently told the court he was homeless, bankrupt, and had nobody to ask for financial assistance to hire an attorney.

Meyering’s three-year sentence — much of which he has already served following his arrest in July of 2014 — pales in comparison to that of Kevin Bollaert, who is currently serving 18 years in a San Diego jail on similar charges.  Bollaert is currently appealing his conviction, and I expect that briefing will be completed sometime this fall.  Meyering, having taken a no-contest plea, will be unable to appeal.

Craig Brittain, the inspiration for Meyering’s removal service, has never been criminally charged.  In January, he settled with the Federal Trade Commission, promising to never again run a revenge porn site he had already shuttered.

Meyering could be imprisoned until around Valentine’s Day in 2017.

Notes:

  1. So there’s no confusion, my reporting did not, as far as I’m aware, play any role in his arrest, as the criminal investigation started before my post

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