June 30th, 2010
06:20 PM ET

Joran van der Sloot indicted on fraud, extortion charges

Joran van der Sloot has been indicted in connection with allegations that he tried to extort $250,000 from the mother of Natalee Holloway, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said.

A federal grand jury in Alabama indicted van der Sloot Wednesday on charges of wire fraud and extortion. Van der Sloot was questioned in Holloway's death but never charged. He is also being held in Peru on murder charges in the death of college student Stephany Flores.

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  1. Osusanna!

    @Schipper–he extorted $$ from the Holloways, so that's the US crime.

    June 30, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JB

    James Bond, for real, whats your story?

    June 30, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Schipper

    @Osusanna! it still was not in the US, therefors he did not commit a crime in the US.

    June 30, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becky61

      yeah but the crime was committed against an American citizen, if Natalies death could be confirmed, Joran could be extradited back here too, if he lives that long

      June 30, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • LCoastMom

      Actually it doesn't matter a whole lot where van der Sloot was, when he tried to sell a 9th or 10th (or 20th) version of his account of May 30th 2005.

      Between February and March 2010, Joran asked for $250,000.00. for information on Natalee's death and the disposition of her remains. On May 10th, a down payment of $25,000.00 was paid, $15G by wire transfer to Joran's account and $10,000.00 in cash. For this, he told the "unnamed informant" that his father buried Natalee's remains, in the foundation of a house.in Aruba. Another story quickly disproved by local authorities, because the house wasn't built in May 2005.

      Eight hours later, the "informant" received an email from Joran admitting he lied. Unknown to van der Sloot, when he accepted the payments, once again he was being secretly filmed – this time in a joint effort by the FBI and the Aruban authorities.

      van der Sloot was charged on June 3rd, in the U.S. District Court of Northern Alabama, for wire fraud and extortion. The US Federal authorities asked for Interpol to issue a warrant for his arrest, if he is released from prison in Peru, van der Sloot will be arrested and extradited to the United States where he faces 30 years in Federal prison, if convicted.

      I believe if my daughter had been murdered by this psychopath, I would receive a degree of satisfaction knowing that he will most likely spend the remainder of his days in a rat infested prison in Peru, rather than Aruba or the Club Fed Penitentiary. And while his confession in Peru was most likely an attempt to plea bargain to manslaughter; the exception to not handing out life without parole – is a murder committed during a robbery – the motive that Peru Officials claim moved van der Sloot to kill 21 year old Stephany Flores. We can only hope, it will be a very long life time.

      July 1, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Steve Brian

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com Drop dead, Joran....

    June 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jane

    Hey Van de Sloot, I guess you're not in Aruba anymore. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.ohj, the joke's on you. Sorry, i just couldn't nelglect the comparison.

    June 30, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. laurs

    It took another life..that made him get caught..I wonder how many more he has secretly killed.. I wish him the death penalty.My heart goes out to the victims family..they need justice!

    June 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Proof of how stupid Americans have become

    When I read opinions like these it's no wonder America is in such a decline. Stupidity on this level has to be sought out and worked for, no way is anyone born this way. God help us all.

    June 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • laurs

      you make no sense.

      June 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NashJeff

    Will somebody PLEASE tell Beth Holloway that there is a "HIT-MAN" right there with Joran !!!!!!!
    Get on the phone Beth and get rid of this freak !!!!

    June 30, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becky61

      gee I think you have something there!

      June 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. darron bonner

    i cant believe some crazy peruvian prisoner has not done
    something to him yet what are they a bunch of llama poop
    wiennies ?

    June 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. darron bonner

    an eye for eye .....

    June 30, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. darron bonner

    becky61 whats u talkin bout sis !

    June 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becky61

      maybe where a guy named Joe was on here wanting to meet another guy for a relationship, I commented that I thought he was on the wrong site, don;t see his post now, so I looked stupid!!!

      June 30, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. azerty

    I haven't met one single fellow Dutchman yet who wouldn't want to see this piece of filth hanging from the highest tree – and that was already the case before he murdered his 2nd victim.

    The way he taunted the American victim in a televised show gave everyone a good insight into who this guy is. 'Creep' doesn't begin to describe it. Not only murdering, but extorting the victim's family, and bragging about it publicly on TV.

    One can only hope that soon a 'small accident' will happen to him. Because accidents can happen, you know....

    June 30, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. aimed

    Where do you people get your info? Now Stephany's family are all working for the FBI. Dear Joran confessed her beat her to death after she saw a message pop up on his computer when they were playing on-line poker. No spying on him for the FBI. Read credible news sources and you wouldn't need your conspiracy theories. He is a slimy, violent sociopath who is always trying to play the angles; it has now caught up with him. Let him serve in Peru, then let him come to the US for his just desserts as well. And BTW, there were no FBI funds used; it was Natalee's mother's money. She merely brought the FBI in on it since they handle extortion, money laundering and fraud items. Educate yourself before claiming to know what the different offices and their corresponding duties are within our government. Good example is Congress and the Presidency– learn where the lines are drawn so you can make an intelligent response, not just regurgitate something you heard, which is normally called rumor. FACT CHECK is a wonderful thing!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John Wayne

    Thought that in the US of A you had to be proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt ! Although I have no simpathy at all for JvdS , I ask myself ´´where is the proof.......that he murdered NH "? You all sound like a lynch mob.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Becky61

      I can usually out 2 and 2 together. You are the last person seen with someone else, they disappear never to be seen or heard from again, there is blood found from the missing person in a vehicle you have been in together...connect the dots. I played that as a child..

      July 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. B

    I thought the FBI got a confession out of Joran? And either way, are you telling me that if a government of another country is fully aware of one of their citizens killing another person from another country, surely they have to use logic and punish the crime! Are you telling me, there is no way he can be punished?

    July 1, 2010 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
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