Mississippi man allegedly used Facebook to cyber stalk, blackmail women
Published 8:48 am Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Federal authorities arrested a Mississippi man this week on charges he passed counterfeit currency, cyber stalked and even blackmailed Mississippi women using the social media platform Facebook.
Scottie Lee Boykin of Columbus was indicted last month by a federal grand jury. The indictment was sealed until earlier this month and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Boykin was arrested by U.S. Secret Service agents early Monday morning as he left his residence, presumably to go to work.
The indictment against Boykin lists five charges. Three charges relate to counterfeit currency totaling more than $6,700. Two other charges relate to the alleged threats and harassment of a woman only listed by her initials: C.M.
The indictment suggests situation began in Dec. 2017 and continued for several weeks into January 2018.
Boykin and his wife appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Roy Percy Monday afternoon at the U.S. Courthouse in Oxford.
Details of what exactly prosecutors contend Boykin did to harass and threaten the women and how counterfeit currency was involved have not been released and the indictment is vague as to specifics.
If convicted, Boykin could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine on each of the three counterfeiting counts. For the two harassment and blackmail related counts he face up to seven years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.
Boykin was release Monday on a $25,000 bond.
His trial date was set for April 8, 2019, before U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock and is slated to be held at the federal courthouse in Oxford.