New York Man Arrested, Charged With Threatening 'Las Vegas Repeat'

New York Man Arrested, Charged With Threatening 'Las Vegas Repeat'

At least two of Casillas' electronic communications with the unidentified company included photos of submachine guns, according to a statement by FBI Special Agent Jacqueline Ross that was filed in Brooklyn federal court.

Victor Casillas, 34, was arrested on Tuesday after he tried to extort the unnamed company, which a source identified as the promotional sales app, Ibotta, after they closed multiple accounts he opened to fraudulently "generate referral bonuses", according to the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's office. The company pays referral bonuses to users who shepherd others to the company's services.

In the past two years, Casillas cashed in on these referrals more than a dozen times.

Authorities have not said that Casillas ever actually travelled to Colorado or possessed guns.

When they discovered he was gaming the system, they closed his duplicate accounts and offered him $40 to end the matter.

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A New York City man is charged with threatening a Denver company and its employees - and promising a Las Vegas-style massacre if they didn't pay him.

Casillas, a self-proclaimed rap artist, was in a dispute with the company, demanding money for referral bonuses as part of a promotion offered by the business, the complaint says.

In another message, Casillas allegedly listed names of three company employees, characterized them as targets for "DEATHS BY ASSASIATION", and then wrote: "PLEASE TELL LOVED ONES TO START PICKING OUT A NICE BEAUTIFUL CASKET AND PLAN A DECENT FUNERAL".

"Please tell loved ones to start picking out a nice handsome casket and plan a decent funeral", he allegedly threatened. When the company terminated Casillas' account the Federal Bureau of Investigation said he sent photos of guns to the company and threats that included, "Get ready for a Las Vegas repeat". "WELL GET READY 4 LAS VEGaspart2.MAYBE TODAY YOU WILL MEET YOU MAKER". According to the complaint, Casillas opened his first account with the company on September 19, 2014, and in 2016 and 2017, opened 14 additional ones using various email addresses.

If convicted, Casillas could spend up to 20 years in prison.

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