A criminal complaint in the Magistrate Court of Logan County tells a story of impersonation and extortion that didn’t stop until the victim decided to go to the authorities.
The victim begins the story by saying he was approached on Saturday by a woman who solicited him for prostitution, then revealed herself to be an officer working with the U.S. 119 Drug Task Force. The woman then advised the victim that for a fee, he could walk away without being placed under arrest and the incident would be dropped.
Later that evening, the victim received a call from the woman saying she needed more money for the incident to be dropped and for him to avoid prosecution. The victim met with her and paid her the money, fearing he would be arrested if he did not comply.
Sunday, the victim received another call advising more money was necessary or he would be placed under arrest. Once again, the victim paid the money, fearing an arrest would be made if he did not pay.
Monday, the victim was contacted again with a demand for more money in order to avoid prosecution.
The victim, who had paid the woman $800 in cash, contacted the West Virginia State Police and gave a recorded statement advising them of the situation. They stopped the woman, who was identified as Kara Michelle Williams, 33, of Verdunville. Williams also gave officers a recorded statement confessing to the extortion of the victim.
Williams was arrested and charged with three counts of extortion, one count of attempted extortion, four counts of impersonating a public official and four counts of impersonating law enforcement.