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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
June 05, 2013

DA VANCE: FORMER TIMES SQUARE BUSKER INDICTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO EXTORT $2 MILLION FROM GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA, STALKING EMPLOYEE

Defendant Accused of Threatening to Publicize False Information about Girl Scouts

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of DAN SANDLER, a/k/a ADAM SANDLER, 49, for attempting to extort $2 million from Girl Scouts of the USA (“Girl Scouts”) and stalking and harassing a Girl Scouts employee. SANDLER is charged with Attempted Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, and Stalking in the Third Degree.   

“The defendant is accused of trying to use his widely publicized criminal history to extort millions of dollars from the Girl Scouts, a nonprofit organization that has worked to improve the lives of girls and young women for more than a century,” said District Attorney Vance. “The charges against the defendant also detail his harassment of a Girl Scout employee with dozens of threatening and bizarre emails, photos, and phone messages.”

According to documents filed in court, in June 2007, the Girl Scouts hired SANDLER through a temporary employment agency to work on a short-term computer programming project. In this capacity, SANDLER was not a direct employee of the Girl Scouts, did not interact with any children, and was paid by the employment agency. SANDLER’s work on the project ended in November 2008.

Beginning in July 2012, SANDLER is charged with sending a series of harassing emails to his former supervisor at the Girl Scouts. His emails stated, in sum and substance, that he was earning money by dressing as the character Elmo and taking pictures with tourists in New York, and that he made anti-Semitic comments and mentioned the name of the Girl Scouts while doing so. SANDLER also wrote that he was infatuated with his supervisor, who requested that he stop emailing her.
 
According to court documents, in September 2012, SANDLER attempted to enter the Girl Scouts headquarters in Manhattan, but was denied entry by the building’s security. For the next several months, the defendant continued to email and leave voicemail messages for the supervisor.

SANDLER is also charged with extortion, for demanding a $2 million cash settlement or yearly lifetime income from the Girl Scouts, and threatening to widely publicize false allegations about the organization if it did not comply. His threatened disclosures include the false claim that the Girl Scouts arranged sexual encounters between adult men and underage girls at a scout camp. He also claimed, falsely, that the Girl Scouts allowed him to interact with the scout members, even though the organization knew that he had operated a pornographic website while living in Cambodia more than a decade ago.

SANDLER was transported from San Francisco to New York on June 4, 2013 by investigators in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Lauren Littman is handling the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Judy Salwen and Archana Rao, Deputy Chiefs of the Special Prosecutions Bureau;  Thomas Wornom, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau; and Executive Assistant District Attorney David M. Szuchman, Chief of the Investigation Division. Investigators Eloise Walter, Sam Ahdout, and Louis Capolupo of the District Attorney’s Investigations Bureau assisted with the case, under the supervision of Supervising Investigator Donato Siciliano.

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Defendant Information:

DAN SANDLER, a/k/a ADAM SANDLER, D.O.B. 1/28/1964
San Francisco, CA

Charges:
•    Attempted Grand Larceny in the First Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
•    Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count
•    Stalking in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count

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