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Art gallery owner arrested on cyberstalking charge

Posted: February 13, 2014 12:05 p.m.
Updated: February 13, 2014 12:05 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California art gallery owner faces cyberstalking charges for allegedly harassing, threatening and trying to extort money from artists and art dealers and their family members.

The U.S. attorney's office says 43-year-old Jason White of Temecula was arrested Wednesday.

The complaint alleges White engaged in a stalking and extortion scheme that targeted art world professionals with whom he had had business relationships.

When those relationships ended, White allegedly posted derogatory information about his former associates on websites he created. Prosecutors say White used emails to demand hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for taking the websites down.

In one case, according to the complaint, White wrote on Facebook that he would "knee cap" the child of an artist.

A call to White's gallery Thursday was not immediately returned.

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