NJ victim of ‘Instagram kidnapping’ now charged with accepting bribe
A Wayne man who said he was kidnapped by a group linked to an outraged Instagram influencer is now accused of asking for a $200,000 bribe to change his story.
Amjad Mashal, 29, first went public with his own abduction in March.
Several months later, he called the Bergen County District Attorney’s Office and said he wanted to drop charges against several people, according to a criminal complaint in the new case.
Jebara Igbara, also known on social media as “Jay Manzini”, was arrested and charged with kidnapping and related offenses last spring – along with several other people.
The victim had been physically assaulted, threatened with a machete and whipped with a rope-like object, Bergen County District Attorney Mark Musella previously said.
Igbara’s 21-year-old wife, Joumana Danoun, of Paterson, then was charged in July conspiracy to commit kidnapping, witness tampering and bribery.
Mashal and Danoun had exchanged text messages promising him a total of $200,000 for changing his sworn statement, Musella said on Friday.
While searching Mashal’s Clifton business, law enforcement also recovered the prescription drug Adderall.
Mashal was charged with bribery and drug possession – two third-degree counts.
Igbara is also facing federal charges, stemming from a scheme in which prosecutors say he defrauded people of at least $2.5 million worth of Bitcoin by lying about sending wire transfers online. cryptocurrency exchange.
In reality, he never sent the money, federal prosecutors said.
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