Marathon County prosecutors say two men extorted about $100,000 from a 56-year-old central Wisconsin man who had an affair with a woman and wanted to keep it secret because he was married.
Alex Santiago, 29, of Ringle, and Dustin Congleton, 28, of Weston, are charged with two felonies: extortion and receiving stolen property, according to court records.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim met the 32-year-old woman through a mutual friend, an exotic dancer at Showtime Gentlemen's Club in Wausau. The two met in late 2008 or early 2009, and the victim began paying some of the woman's bills, $300 to $500 at a time, in a relationship that lasted several months, the complaint says.
At some point, Santiago, the woman's boyfriend, moved to Wausau and threatened to tell the victim's wife about a sexual relationship the man had with the woman, court documents say.
The criminal complaint says the victim met with Santiago 20 to 30 times over four years, giving him cash, money orders or prepaid credit cards, before police got involved last week.
Eventually, Santiago gave the victim seven guns and told the victim to sell them, but the victim learned the guns were stolen, according to the complaint.
The complaint says Congleton, a friend of Santiago's, contacted the victim last month and told him that he had information that would get Santiago "off your back forever." In the end, however, the victim paid nearly $2,500 to Congleton, the complaint says.
The victim and his wife went to police last week, telling investigators that at times they feared for their safety.
The complaint says Santiago told police he received up to $30,000 from the victim that he used to pay a mortgage, vehicle loan and other bills.
Santiago and Congleton are both convicted felons, according to online court records.
During a court appearance Monday, a judge set signature bonds for both defendants.