The spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn, N.Y., John Marzulli said, the 34-year-old Victor Casillas from Brooklyn, N.Y. has been arrested by F.B.I. agents on Tuesday night in midtown Manhattan. The company, which was not named, markets a mobile app that allows users to review and obtain promotional sales offers from various retailers. Around 400 employees are working for the company, the app has been downloaded over 22 million times. The company got into a dispute with Casillas after they said he opened 14 fraudulent accounts in 2016 and 2017 in an attempt to get referral bonuses from them.
When they discovered he was gaming the system, they closed his duplicate accounts and offered him $40 to end the matter. Casillas allegedly sent multiple threatening emails with pictures of guns to the company, and in one email told employees to "GET READY FOR LAS VEGas part 2".
But Casillas continued setting up fake accounts, and the company closed his accounts for good in September.
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When the company wouldn't pay Casillas, federal prosecutors say he began sending them threatening emails, with the first one coming on September 26th, 2017.
The threats allegedly came after company employees shut down several accounts Casillas had opened at the firm because the workers suspected the accounts were part of a scam to generate referral bonuses, a federal court complaint shows.
Casillas allegedly sent a hit list which mentioned the names of seven officials of Denver company Ibotta.
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'Please tell loved ones to start picking out a nice handsome casket and plan a decent funeral, ' he threatened in one email.
After repeated demands to the company for refunds, the filing shows Casillas on October 4 allegedly emailed: "GET READY FOR A LAS VEGAS REPEAT (Final warning) and then added: "I I STILL HAVE NOT RECIEVED MY G- D-- FUNDS. WELL GET READY 4 LAS VEGaspart2.MAYBE TODAY YOU WILL MEET YOU MAKER".
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Casillas faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, Reid reports.