Mom poses as Judge in ultimate catfish scam to help son extort lonely victim looking for love.

Mom poses as Judge in ultimate catfish scam to help son extort lonely victim looking for love.

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A woman who dressed up as a federal judge to assist her son in a bizarre “catfish” extortion scheme was let off easy by a real-life judge in a downtown federal courtroom Wednesday.  Both online, over the phone and in real life the woman’s son posed as a Skokie cop, a corrupt lawyer and a young lover. Over the course of a year he concocted an elaborate story to extort his Salvadoran victim out of more than $27,000 and enlisted his mother for help not long before his extortion efforts drew the attention of the feds.  For more details about this story head to the Chicago Sun Times online.

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