Fairfield police arrested a Rocky Hill man Thursday following a five-month investigation into a fake modeling agency scheme.
Anand Amin, 24, of Rocky Hill, was charged with first-degree larceny by extortion and criminal attempt to commit first-degree larceny by Fairfield Police on Jan. 16.
According to police, as part of his scheme Amin would pose online as a female talent scout for the fictitious "Gucci Top Modeling" company. Applicants were promised large sums of money for modeling work, however, as part of the application process, they were required to submit their biographical information, pay a fee and submit nude or semi-nude photos of themselves.
Numerous applicants who did so were then coerced into paying additional sums of money, or performing sexual acts with Amin to prevent the public release of the photos. His taunts included threats to forward the photos and videos to friends, parents, university officials and law enforcement, according to police.
There was no legitimate modeling aspect to this scheme and victims never received modeling work, nor was the money they deposited with Amin ever refunded, according to police.
Fairfield Police first learned of the scheme when a victim, and former Sacred Heart University student, contacted them. The initial information ultimately lead to the execution of search warrants at Amin's Rocky Hill home, which not only corroborated the victim's account, but lead to the identification of additional victims, according to police.
Amin is being held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 30.
Victims of the scheme who have not already been contacted by police are encouraged to contact the Fairfield Detective Bureau at (203) 254-4840.