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article imageVan der Sloot indicted by US grand jury

By Michael Bearak     Jul 1, 2010 in Crime
Joran Van der Sloot is once again being linked the disappearance of Natalee Holloway even though he is still being held in Peru related to the death of Stephany Flores.
Dutchman Joran Van der Sloot's course through life looks to have hit another pothole Wednesday as a U.S. federal grand jury indicted him on charges of wire fraud and extortion in the five year old case of Natalee Holloway.
Van der Sloot allegedly contacted Beth Holloway, Natalee's mother, and told her he could lead her to the remains of Natalee's body. In exchange he asked for $250,000. Beth Holloway wired $15,000 to Van der Sloot's account plus an initial $100 to verify the account. From there she wired her attorney another $10,000 that was to be paid to the Dutchman when the attorney was led to Natalee's remains.
Once there was a positive identification Van der Sloot was to be paid the remaining $225,000 via wire transfer. The information that Van der Sloot provided turned out to be useless and he never returned the money. The indictment stated that they are seeking the forfeiture of $25,100 from Joran Van der Sloot.
According to U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, “The FBI worked diligently, and in association with Aruban authorities, to investigate and gather evidence in this matter after learning that Beth Holloway had been contacted and told she could finally gain information about the death of her daughter if she would pay $250,000. Because of the agents’ dedicated efforts, we are able to bring charges against someone who sought profit in a mother’s grief."
No date has been set for the trial to begin.
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