These links were provided by some helpful readers. Obviously my concern about Kerodin is merely a manifestation of my "over-inflated ego." (See comments defending Kerodin in previous post).
When Helpfulness Becomes Extortion.
“Across the business spectrum, the vast majority of companies are taking a far too lax posture on this security issue,” says consultant Christian Kerodin. “You need someone to identify the weak spots for the landlord and offer him some deterrent without breaking his budget.”
But Mr. Kerodin allegedly took an additional step toward dealing with the terrorist threat. In the process, he was arrested as a criminal.
Kerodin wrote top mall CEOs in the Washington, D.C., area and offered his services as a consultant. Allegedly included in the deal was exclusion of their shopping centers from mention in an upcoming blistering report he said he was preparing on mall security.
Not easily intimidated, the mall CEOs pooled their resources to investigate Mr. Kerodin, whose real name is Christian Hyman. After discovering that his experience as a security consultant was questionable, they called in the Department of Homeland Security. A Secret Service officer posing as a developer met with Hyman, who was arrested and charged with extortion after allegedly asking for a $120,000 payoff to “go away.”
Man admits to obstructing audit
In the extortion case, Christian Kerodin, 36, of Alexandria pleaded guilty to telling several local companies that he would showcase them in a report criticizing D.C.-area mall security unless they hired him to do security assessments. He faces up to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Man sentenced for extortion; Alexandria resident targeted malls in security scam.
An Alexandria man was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 30 months in prison and fined $6,000 after he pleaded guilty in January to charges of extortion and possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty in Alexandria said Christian Kerodin, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee . . .
Here's another link from Virginia Lawyers Weekly summing up the case.
"Possessing a short-barreled rifle." Hmmm. Presumably he came into contact with the ATF during this process. Now as a convicted felon, he's easily threatened with a violation that would throw him back in the federal pen. So the frog in his pocket has three initials?
I suppose next I'll get some sort of extortion demand from this toadsuck. Something on the order of "pay me to go away and I will."
Good luck with that, Kerodin or Hyman or whatever your name is and whatever master you really serve.