• Report: #884487

Complaint Review: Mugshots.com

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  • Submitted: Fri, May 18, 2012
  • Updated: Sun, November 18, 2012

  • Reported By: schoolgirlb — Morrisville Pennsylvania United States of America
Mugshots.com
Internet United States of America

Mugshots.com EXTORTION Internet

*Consumer Comment: Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com

*Consumer Comment: Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com

*Consumer Comment: Sahar Sarid - mugshots.com - 4400 NE. 26th Avenue, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

*Consumer Comment: Sahar Sarid owns - mugshots.com

*Consumer Comment: Your online petition is USELESS.

*Consumer Comment: Sign the *NEW* Petition

*Consumer Comment: Sahar Sarid - 3213 Dover Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 - mugshots.com

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Mugshots.com is capitalizing off my arrest picture and I want it REMOVED!!! They refuse to remove it unless I pay one of their affiliates $399-$899..This is extortion!!! I am an honor student in college an I aspire to become a Registered Nurse. I am now worried that because an old DUI arrest photo is available on this website from hell, I will not be accepted into Nursing school!!!!1! Something needs to be done about this website and their outrageous prices to correct the problem. Thank you!!!!!!!!

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#1 Consumer Comment

Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com

AUTHOR: Roger - (United States of America)

Michael J Robertson owns Mugshots.com
Michael Robertson owns Mugshots.com
Mike Robertson owns Mugshots.com

Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com

Attorneys on Avvo have made the comments below. Would they have made these comments if it was them or their children on Mugshots.com? I don't think so!

"The mugshot is public information. Anyone could have looked it up as soon as the government publicized it. It could have been printed in the paper or broadcast on tv. A radio announcer could have described it."

"Mugshots are public records of the actions of the government. It is lawful everywhere in the U.S., so far as I know, to publish documents and photographs that are public records of the actions of the government. People are apoplectic about the existence of these mugshot sites but they are an unfortunately humiliating byproduct of open government and the First Amendment. "

"When the police book you and take your photo after your arrest, that photo is a governmental document. We live in a democratic country where most governmental documents are not secret and anyone can obtain a copy. "

"Unfortunately, it is public record. There are services where you can pay for removal for a fee. There is not much you can do because it is public record and you were arrested."

"Sorry, but the pictures are public record and they can be posted online. We have had a half-dozen or more questions asking this very same question. The answer is the same and the answer is that this is totally legal. If you want to stop this you will have to change the law in your state. Until then, as long as the pictures are public record there is little you can do."

"it appears to be legal. One way to view it is via 1st Amendment protections that would apply to a newspaper or radio station. In our small community, every non-juvenile arrest goes to the 8:00 AM radio and in the newspapes. Some news stories include the mug shot."

"the website is within its rights to post the mugshot"

"MugShots.com and other mug shot display websites base their existence on the rule that mug shots are public, official records, and that a citizen does not have a state law privacy interest in them. Further, under the First Amendment, most official, public records can be obtained with permission, third-party release, or proper request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), if they are not already publicly-available documents to begin with. 

If the official mug shot is part of an arrest record, the mug shot could be considered part of the public domain in some jurisdictions. Even if a mug shot is not officially considered part of an arrest record, it is generally a photographic record in the public domain and the laws of most jurisdictions allow one to request and obtain these types of records. 

Some states recognize a common law right to privacy, and the Appeals Courts are split on whether or not a citizen who is arrested (and of course, presumed innocent until proven guilty) would be entitled to demand that their mug shots be removed from websites if they are later acquitted. 

MugShots.com, in particular, offers a courtesy removal process in certain instances, although they vehemently protect these options as a mere courtesy, and not a legal requirement." 

Michael J Robertson owns Mugshots.com
Michael Robertson owns Mugshots.com
Mike Robertson owns Mugshots.com

Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeljrobertson

Michael Robertson
Linkedin profile: 

Michael Robertson Founder & CEO, Mugshots.com

Miami, Florida (Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area) Information Technology and Services

Current job:
Founder & CEO at Mugshots.com / Mugshots.com CEO

July 2011 Present (1 year 4 months)

"Within 18 months we were able to put together a team, buy a domain without a website, and turn it into a world's top 1,000 website destination.

To make contact visit Mugshots.com and contact via the website. For all Unpublishing inquiries contact UnpublishArrest.com or call 800-276-2540."

Michael Robertson's Skills & Expertise

TECHNICAL SKILLS:
OBJECT ORIENTED PERL
MICROSOFT SQL SERVER
SQL EMBEDDED SQL
DATABASES
DATA ANALYSIS
DATABASE DESIGN
DATA MINING

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#2 Consumer Comment

Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com

AUTHOR: Glenn Penne - (USA)

Michael J Robertson owns Mugshots.com
Michael Robertson owns Mugshots.com
Mike Robertson owns Mugshots.com

Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com - 

Processing payments for organizations that are involved in questionable activity exposes companies like PayPal to serious legal problems, not to mention chargebacks.

Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com - Criminal infringes name and likeness copyright for purposes of commercial advantage and private financial gain, 18 USC 2319 & 17 USC 506.

BOISE The Ada County sheriff says its own website is being used to extort money from people who have been arrested. Since 2003, the Ada County Sheriffs Office has been posting daily mugshots of those arrested on their website.  But, Sheriff Gary Raney says recently third party websites have been "scraping" the mugshot and names of those on their website and then placing the information on their own website. Scraping websites, like Boisemugshots.com, has thousands of mugshots of those arrested since early 2011.  The photos on Ada Countys website are deleted after five days. Boisemugshots.com provides a link to another site that removes the information from the Internet for $99. It's really a form of extortion, said Raney. This is something that really goes against the fundamentals of what I sense we should be putting that mugshot out there for. Raney says he is now considering taking down the website to protect those who have been arrested. There's really an injustice that happens to people, said Raney. Raney is also looking into increasing the security on the site to prevent other sites from taking information.

Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com - 18 USC 641 Public money, property or records 
Whoever embezzles, steals, purloins, or knowingly converts to his use or the use of another, or without authority, sells, conveys or disposes of any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof, or any property made or being made under contract for the United States or any department or agency thereof; 

Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com - (1) In general.Any person who willfully infringes a copyright shall be punished as provided under section 2319 of title 18, if the infringement was committed

Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com - 18 USC 873 - Blackmail

Whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com - 18 USC 880 - Receiving the proceeds of extortion

A person who receives, possesses, conceals, or disposes of any money or other property which was obtained from the commission of any offense under this chapter that is punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year, knowing the same to have been unlawfully obtained, shall be imprisoned not more than 3 years, fined under this title, or both.\

http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeljrobertson

Michael Robertson Linkedin profile: 

Michael Robertson Founder & CEO, Mugshots.com
Miami, Florida (Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area) Information Technology and Services
Current job: Founder & CEO at Mugshots.com / Mugshots.com CEO
July 2011 Present (1 year 4 months)

"Within 18 months we were able to put together a team, buy a domain without a website, and turn it into a world's top 1,000 website destination.

To make contact visit Mugshots.com and contact via the website. For all Unpublishing inquiries contact UnpublishArrest.com or call 800-276-2540."

Michael Robertson's Skills & Expertise

TECHNICAL SKILLS:
OBJECT ORIENTED PERL
MICROSOFT SQL SERVER
SQL EMBEDDED SQL
DATABASES
DATA ANALYSIS
DATABASE DESIGN
DATA MINING
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#3 Consumer Comment

Sahar Sarid - mugshots.com - 4400 NE. 26th Avenue, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

AUTHOR: JaneSmith - (United States of America)

Sahar Sarid who owns mugshots.com has been arrested by NYPD on multiple charges one of them being resisting arrest.  All the mugshot website owners have criminal records and their own mugshots.

Tyronne Jacques Spencer of ImageMax has a felony warrant for his arrest in Louisiana.

The mugshot owners are getting their own website coming soon that lists there Entire public records home address, phone numbers, photos and that of ALL their family members.

The website will also have weekly contests on funniest email, funniest phone conversation (speaker phone) and funniest photos taken in public of mugshot website owners and mugshot removal perverts.
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AUTHOR: LWilliams - (United States of America)

Sahar Sarid converts public records to his use (18 USC 641), criminally infringes name and likeness copyrights (18 USC 2319 and 17 USC 506), stalks (18 USC 2261A), blackmails (18 USC 873) and extorts (18 USC 880) money from people.

Sahar Sarid - 3213 Dover Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 - (954) 782-9292

Sahar Sarid owns - mugshots.com

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#5 Consumer Comment

Your online petition is USELESS.

AUTHOR: Robert - (USA)

Your online petition will not be accepted by any governmental adjudicating agency, will not be accepted by any U.S. court, and is only good for harvesting email addresses for political parties and marketers.

It would be better to encourage folks to write to their individual Congressional Representatives, Senators, and State Legislative members to put a stop to this extortion.

Many states do not allow this type of crap.  Have you noticed that the majority of "on line mugshots" are from only a HANDFUL of States?  Effective state laws put an end to this crap.
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#6 Consumer Comment

Sign the *NEW* Petition

AUTHOR: Stop Star Nine Ventures - (USA)

A NEW Petition to help pass laws to Stop FOI Exploitation.



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#7 Consumer Comment

Sahar Sarid - 3213 Dover Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 - mugshots.com

AUTHOR: Jane Smith - (USA)

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