Indian-American actor Vivek Shah, who sent extortion threats to several high profile people including Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, has been sentenced to seven years and three months in prison.
The 26-year-old actor, who did small roles in TV series Outsourced, Bones and romantic comedy Our Family Weddings, was arrested in August last year for threatening to kill relatives of several prominent businessmen unless they wired money to an offshore account.
The West Hollywood-based Shah had hoped to raise USD 120 million through his elaborate extortion bid. Besides Weinstein, he targeted Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh, Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky, Playtone owner Gary Goetzman, oil heiress Dannine Avara and Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. He pleaded guilty in May to one count of transferring threatening communications in interstate commerce and seven counts of mailing or sending threatening communications through the mail, said the Reporter. “Imagine how terrifying it would be to open the mail and find a threat to kill your spouse or your children,” US Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a release. (PTI)