News Spokane’s Big Gay Extortion Ring
posted by November 8 at 7:33 AMon
It’s beginning to look like Richard Curtis wasn’t Cody Castagna’s only victim. KOMO reports…
Richard Curtis, the state lawmaker who resigned amid a sex scandal, may be the latest victim in a string of men who have been targeted by a team of extortionists.
Cody Castagna has adamently denied blackmailing Curtis. But after days of investigating, police said Castanaga is a part of a group who went after the now-former state representative.
Spokane police detectives released surveillance photo of a man who they said went to the front desk of the Davenport Hotel, asked for an envelope and walked away with Curtis’ money. Police have only identified the man as a friend of Castagna who took part in the extortion….
Police said Castagna may be part of a larger group that targets gay men for extortion. In Curtis’ case, the group designated a flower pot at a Spokane part as the drop-off point for the remaining $800.
Detectives believe the group has done this before.
“There were multiple threats and payoffs,” said Sgt. Joe Peterson. “In this instance it seems like it was not the first time and we’ve been told by other people it’s not the first time the suspects have done this type of thing.”
In the original police report it indicates that Cody made the calls, one man picked up the first $200 Curtis left for Castagna at the front desk of the Davenport Tower, another man picked up the $800 Curtis left in a flower pot on a bridge, and another man disposed of Curtis’ wallet. It sounded like a conspiracy to me. And if you’re going to run an extortion ring picking off closeted gay men, Spokane would be a good place to do it.
The police picked up one of Castagna’s crew at the beginning of the investigation, and that kid said he wasn’t going to take a fall for Castagna. He’s probably agreed to testify against Castagna and others. It looks like Castagna will be brought up on charges sometimes soon, and may be heading back to prison.
KOMO update via Towleroad.