NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New York City man is facing federal charges for allegedly threatening a Las Vegas-style attack against a Colorado-based app company.
The company allows users to access promotional sales offers from retailers, tally credits for purchases, and gives cash for referrals of other customers, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.
According to a criminal complaint, 34-year-old Victor Casillas opened about 14 accounts with the company between 2016 and 2017 to get the extra referral cash bonuses.
The company reviewed the accounts and “concluded that they represented a potentially fraudulent effort to generate referral bonuses,” the complaint read.
When the company tried to resolve the matter with $40 and shut down the accounts, the court papers said Casillas allegedly sent several emails threatening to kill employees of the company if they didn’t pay him.
One message included a photo of submachine guns and another threatened, “GET READY FOR A LAS VEGAS REPEAT (Final Warning),” according to the complaint.
Casillas was arrested Tuesday night.
Authorities said they did not find any assault weapons when FBI agents took him into custody.
Casillas is charged with making extortionate threats and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
He is due to appear in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday.