By Greg Sandoval
February 8, 2010
If you thought the Recording Industry Association of America was hard on
illegal file sharing, consider Dorin Dehelean.
Dehelean, an Internet security analyst, was in charge of tracking
illegal file sharing at the University of Georgia until he tried to
shake down the student downloaders he caught.
Last week, police arrested the 37-year-old Dehelean on a felony
extortion charge, according to a report published by the Web site of the
Athens Banner-Herald. Police allege that Dehelean contacted a female
student two weeks ago to tell her that he'd caught her violating school
policy by illegally downloading copyright materials.
He also told her he could make the "situation go away in exchange for
money," Jimmy Williamson, chief of campus police at the university, told
the Banner-Herald. "All he was doing was (offering) to keep the
information from going to Judicial Programs."
The student, who apparently could have faced disciplinary action for the
downloading, told Dehelean that she didn't have the money and then
informed a school official about the conversation. The police were
contacted and they sent a plainclothes officer to meet with Dehelean
posing as the student. After Dehelean accepted a payment of an
undisclosed amount, he was arrested and the school immediately fired
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