On January 3, 2017, the FBI reported how they resolved a case of cyberstalking, resulting in Kassandra Cruz of Miami, Florida being sentenced to 22 months in prison.
According to the FBI’s website, the messages sent by Cruz were relentless. They came by texts, phone calls, and on social media posts to a woman in the state of California.
Fifteen years ago when the victim was an 18-year old high school student, she made a bad decision to do pornography films. It was something she kept hidden from her family and employers.
Kassandra Cruz found the pornography website and tracked down the actress through her social media accounts. Cruz even impersonated being a man, a Marine, to send the victim friend requests.
Cruz was angered that the victim blocked her fake profiles and resorted to harassment and often violent threats. Cruz’s threats were not only aimed at the victim, but also her friends and family. Cruz threatened to expose the victim’s past when she made adult films, and demanded to be paid $100,000 in return for leaving the victim alone.
The harassment didn’t stop until the FBI intervened and uncovered a trail of threats and extortion that led to a Miami college student. The constant intimidation was destroying the victim’s life to the point where she could barely function at work and considered suicide.
A turning point in the investigation happened in May 2016, when the FBI lured Cruz into a video chat with the victim to discuss paying the $100,000 extortion demand. An in-person meeting was arranged to finally make an arrest.
Special Agent George Nau commented:
“Even while Cruz was being driven to jail, she still wanted to talk to the victim. She was blinded by her obsession and oblivious to the impact of her crime.”