Dan Sandler, Anti-Semitic Elmo, Sentenced to One Year in Jail for Trying to Extort Girl Scouts

Categories: Extortion, Muppets

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Dan Sandler in Times Square
Dan Sandler, the man best known for spouting obscenity-laced anti-Semitic rants while dressed as Elmo in Times Square, Central Park, and other locations around New York, is finally going to jail--although not for that.

Sandler was sentenced to one year in jail on Wednesday for attempting to extort more than $100,000 in property from the Girl Scouts of America, and for stalking a member of the organization's staff. As the Voice previously reported, Sandler worked as a temp at Girl Scouts of America's New York headquarters years before his arrest.

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Dan Sandler, Anti-Semitic Elmo, Worked At Girl Scouts Headquarters Before Extortion Attempt

Categories: Extortion, Muppets

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Dan Sandler in action
Remember antisemitic Elmo--the guy who spewed antisemitic tirades in Times Square and Central Park dressed as a fuzzy red muppet? The same guy who ran a website called "Rape Camp"--ring any bells yet?

Well, he may finally be going to jail, after attempting to extort more than a million dollars from the Girl Scouts, and stalking an employee of the organization where he once worked.

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Henry Hill, Goodfellas Gangster, on Art, the Witness Protection Program, and His Adult Circumcision

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Henry Hill with Ray Liotta
Henry Hill was best known by Ray Liotta's face. An East New York native famously mentored by the Lucchese crime family, Hill was the Lufthansa-heisting mobster whose 1986 memoir, the Nicholas-Pileggi-shaped Wiseguy, served as the inspiration for Martin Scorsese's modern classic Goodfellas. As TMZ reported last night, Hill died yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 69.

Hill's life consisted of well-documented involvements with the dirty businesses of narcotics, extortion, robbery, and one major point-shaving college-basketball scandal. Eventually he became an FBI informant and entered the Witness Protection Program until he was expelled for, in his words, "being a Goodfella." He then lived openly under his real name, relocating to Topanga County, becoming a recurring guest on Howard Stern, and hawking his paintings through an eBay store. In 2007, the enterprising ex-con opened a mob-themed restaurant in West Haven, Connecticut called Wiseguys. (An attic fire mysteriously broke out shortly after the establishment opened.)

That same year, the Voice spoke with the self-described "bullshit artist" about spaghetti sauce, his artistic muse ("whatever goes through my sick, fuckin' mind"), his Witness Protection Program dismissal, and "learning to fuck again" after his late-life circumcision. Reprinted below is an edited version of Michael Clancy's Runnin' Scared dialogue with the legendary gangster.

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Epic Craigslist Poster and iPhone Hostage Victim Learns Valuable Lessons

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Remember the guy from yesterday who dropped basically an epic novel in Craigslist Missed Connections directed towards "The girl who held my iPhone for ransom in a pizzeria last night"? Paul Adler, 22, had an unfortunate experience on Halloween in which an enterprising outer-borough teenager held his iPhone hostage and then his wallet was stolen and the police came.

We got in touch with Adler, who filled us in on the aftermath and on the lesson he learned about wallet placement:

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Rabbi Milton Balkany Gets 4 Years in Prison for Extortion Scheme

Crooked rabbi Balkany
‚ÄčPolitical heavyweight Rabbi Milton Balkany was sentenced today to four years in prison for trying to shake down a hedge fund. As the Post reports, federal judge Denise Cole took the unusual step of ordering the 64-year-old rabbi jailed immediately, saying she was "seriously concerned" that he would try to run away if free on bail.

His scheme was to blackmail Steve Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors into coughing up millions to two Brooklyn yeshivas, including one where Balkany was dean.

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How Live Nation Can Avoid the Ticket Price Raise They're Considering

Isn't it just the worst when you have to pay more for something you already pay too much for? Ticketing and promotions monopoly Ticketmaster/Live Nation is, via the LA Times - who headlined their piece "The marriage of Ticketmaster and Live Nation: Say hello to the $400 ticket?" - considering raising their ticket prices. Why?

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