Mugshots, Mugshots.com, Cyberstalk, Cyberbully, Extortion demand
Mugshots.com has a few mugshot removal affiliates. Mugshots.com no longer lists removal affiliates outside of Unpublisharrest.com which is owned by Mark Epstein’s son. Unpublisharrest has a private registration through Moniker Privacy Services. This does not mean that Mugshots.com does not have official Mugshot removal affiliates. This only means that Mugshots.com does not advertise their affiliates on the website; each affiliate is responsible for their own advertising.
Not surprisingly, many of the Mugshot removal affiliates are attorneys operating in the state of Florida. Who are these attorneys? Some of the attorneys and legal firms are Shealy Law Group, operated by Stafford Shealy. MugshotRemover operated by Bruce Denson. Florida Defence Group operated by Will Hanlon. Nisha E. Bucchas. Hagar and Schwartz. Seal and Expunge operated by Robert C. Thompson Junior. Remove Mugshot, which is no longer operational under that name, and was owned by the attorney of record for Mugshots.com – Mark Epstein. Florida Seal and Expunge, owned by Jack Schrold. Saratosa Legal Help. At the end of this article, we will include a PDF of an email that was sent to us, although we also have a forensic copy of the page taken when it was published on Mugshots.com.
We were informed that Mugshots.com had published an extortion demand on their website. When we looked, we found the extortion demand. This is the screenshot of that demand.
Seriously, what is newsworthy about a disorderly intoxication arrest that was so specious that the district attorney refused to file charges? A charge that was so implausible that the police did not set a bond and released the person without incarceration.
Notice that Mugshots has the audacity to make an extortion threat on their website. They threaten to libel the person if they contact Mugshots.com or any of its affiliates. In addition to being surprised that Mugshots.com made what is clearly an extortion threat in violation of United States federal law openly on their site, we have to wonder why Mugshots.com would object to being contacted. Mugshots.com claims to be the champion of public information. What is Mugshots.com afraid of? We advised the person to make a copy of the webpage and contact an attorney. We also took a forensic copy of the webpage. What would possess attorneys to make an extortion threat so openly?
Marc Epstein we already know about. He has threatened us with legal suit. We informed him that we would welcome any legal action he chose to bring and would use that action to expose him and his operation. We may publish that email sometime in the future along with the email headers, just for the giggles. While, perhaps, not representative of all attorneys who graduated the school, the law school Marc graduated from, Nova Southeastern School of Law, is best known for producing Scott Rothstein (and here) and Paul Bergrin, attorneys who were convicted of running Ponzi schemes, large scale fraud operations, and operating crime syndicates. Unsurprisingly, Scott Rothstein’s operation was similar to that conducted by Mugshots.com.
Marc even has his own supporters who are attorneys that endorse his service and praise him on Avvo.
Bruce Denson, we left a voice mail on his business telephone three times asking for his input into his operating a Mugshot removal business that not only violates the Florida Bar Association code of ethics, but also violates the confidence and trust of his clients. Predictably, he did not return the call. This was about a year ago. This is a screenshot of Bruce Denson admitting he operates a mugshot removal service on the attorney website Avvo.com.
Nisha E. Bucchas we know nothing about other than she attended the same law school as Marc Epstein. Likewise, we know nothing about Hager and Schwartz and Robert Thompson.
Jack Schrold is another matter. A permanent injunction prohibiting involvement in mortgage operations, operations that involve credit cards, and credit repair was issued against Jack Schrold by the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Florida. A PDF of the order is included at the end of this article.
While our information is still incomplete, we have traced the ownership of Mugshots.com through two West Nevis shell companies, two Australian agencies, and back to a company in Seattle, Washington. We even have the names of some of the venture investors. Presently the information is not sufficiently strong enough to publish it. When we have stronger evidence, we will publish it. We find interesting the extreme amount of effort taken to conceal the owners.
Why are the owners hiding their identity? Just who is Mugshots.com? If public information is good, then why does Mugshots.com take such extreme measures to conceal themselves? In the future, we may have a more clear answer. For now, we have to be satisfied with the fine legal team of Mugshots.com who after receiving payment for legal services and representation then victimize their clients by charging high fees to remove the extortion like pictures that their affiliate has a hand in producing. We are sure that Florida has some good and ethical attorneys, but the attorneys involved with Mugshots.com do not fit the bill.
While not privy to insider information about federal investigations of Mugshots.com, we are led to understand from FOIA requests that more investigations are being opened all the time into the activities of Mugshots.com. Maybe the extortion demand made so brazenly by Mugshots.com that sparked this article will be the final straw.
PDF of mugshots removal affiliates showing attorneys and legal firms running removal operations.
PDF of the permanent injunction by the FTC and the US District Court against Jack Schrold. Jack Schrold was disbarred and has since had his bar license reinstated but is still under injunction.