WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 30-year-old Wausau man was placed on probation for five years Monday for extorting about $100,000 from a 56-year-old central Wisconsin man who wanted to keep an affair secret, according to online court records.
Alex Santiago, 30, of Wausau, pleaded no contest to extortion and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was the second man convicted in a scheme dating back to late 2008 or early 2009, court records said.
Marathon County Circuit Judge Greg Grau ordered that if Santiago violates terms of his probation, he faces up to six months in jail and up to five years in prison for the convictions, court records said.
One of the terms of probation is that Santiago maintain full-time employment. He is to return to court Sept. 9 for a restitution hearing.
Dustin Congleton, 29, of Weston, was convicted of the same two felonies and was sentenced in June 2013 to five years in prison and five years of extended supervision. He was charged as a repeat offender.
According to a criminal complaint filed in March 2013, the victim met a 32-year-old woman through a mutual friend, an exotic dancer at Showtime Gentlemen's Club in Wausau. The man 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.
The complaint says Congleton, a friend of Santiago's, eventually contacted the victim 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 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.