(STL.News) – A Wichita computer programmer was sentenced today to three years federal probation and a $ 2,000 fine for threatening cyber attacks against two websites that criticized Wichita lawyer Brad Pistotnik, American lawyer Stephen McAllister said.
David Dorsett, 37, Wichita, Kan., Pleaded guilty to two counts of exorbitant threats via the Internet. In his plea, Dorsett admitted to reaching out to Pistotnik in September 2014 to offer him reputation management services. Pistotnik met with Dorsett and showed him Internet posts that Pistotnik wanted to remove, including a Kansas Supreme Court disciplinary notice for Pistotnik and a negative consumer review. Email communications between Dorsett and Pistotnik showed Postnik: “Are you lucky to remove this bad website I showed you?” and “tell me how to get rid of it”.
Dorsett sent an avalanche of emails to two websites, leagle.com and RipoffReport.com, demanding they remove critical information about Pistotnik. The emails read in part: “If you don’t remove it, we’ll start targeting your advertisers and explain that this will stop happening to them once they remove their ads…” Dorsett charged Pistotnik for sending threats and Pistotnik paid him by check. same day.
Co-accused Pistotnik was ordered in October 2019 to pay a fine of $ 375,000 and restitution of $ 55,200.
McAllister praised the FBI and Assistant US Attorney Jason Hart for their work on the case.
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