Tammy Steffen, 37 (photo), from Pasco, Florida, was sentenced to five years in prison for creating 369 fake Instagram accounts for rival bodybuilders
A fitness influencer and bikini model has been sentenced to five years in prison after creating 369 fake Instagram accounts for rival bodybuilders
Tammy Steffen, 37, from Pasco, Florida, pleaded guilty in December of allegations of cyberstalking and sending threatening messages online. The Washington Post.
According to special FBI agents, Steffen, a trainer and mother of four, created the fake accounts with 18 email addresses to harass and intimidate her former business partner and her alleged rivals.
In a post she wrote: & # 39; I intend to cut you into small pieces. I will taste your blood. & # 39;
Authorities say Steffen was caught by the police after letting her 12-year-old daughter lie in July 2018 that she had been kidnapped from their home.
Steffen (left and right) called, texted & # 39; te and sent messages to at least six people over a two-year period such as: & # 39; I intend to cut you into small pieces. I will taste your blood. & # 39; She then decided to take revenge on her former business partner, convinced that he had let her lose an online fitness competition.
According to the Ministry of Justice, Steffen contacted at least six people for two years via telephone calls, text messages, e-mails and messages on social media.
She is said to have made threats against their lives and the lives of their family and friends, the Post reported.
In a text message she wrote, according to a police report: & # 39; Hell will make fire on your world rain like never before. & # 39;
In another message, she sent a photo of a woman with two knives to the caption: & # 39; I'm coming. & # 39;
But it didn't stop there. Because she believed her former business partner had made her lose an online fitness competition, she wanted to get him back.
On July 14, 2018, Steffen (photo) called the police, and claimed an attempt to kidnap her 12-year-old daughter from their home and blamed her former business partner
The police became suspicious after the former business partner had an airtight alibi and the daughter of Steffen asked & what would happen (her mother) if she told the truth & # 39 ;. Pictured: Steffen
Steffen called the police on July 9, 2018, and claimed that she had found a headless doll on her porch with a note in it saying: & # 39; New toys for the kids. & # 39;
On July 14, she called the police again and claimed that a man had grabbed her daughter's arm and tried to pull her into the forest behind her house. WFLA.
When delegates arrived, Steffen said the man had given up the kidnapping attempt and had fled, pointing to the area in her back yard.
In the back garden, researchers found a laptop case with a notepad full of detailed information about Steffen and her house.
She told the police that she suspected her former business partner, with whom she had a gym in Tampa, that she was the suspect, according to WFLA.
When the police contacted Steffen & # 39; s business partner, he quickly gave an airtight alibi: he had been in Tampa at the time of the kidnapping and security footage proved it.
When they questioned the daughter again, she asked & what would (her mother) happen if she told the truth & # 39 ;.
Steffen was arrested and accused her of filing a fake police report, tampering with or inventing physical evidence and tampering with a witness. Pictured: Steffen, left, with her husband
After discovering the intimidation, Steffen (photo) was also charged with cyberstalking and sending threatening messages online
Suspect investigators looked at Steffen & # 39; s cell phone and found messages she had sent in which she accused the business partner of having sabotaged her in an online photo competition.
They delved deeper and found Walmart security videos & # 39; s on which Steffen bought a laptop case like the one at the alleged crime scene. She paid the case with cash, but other items with credit cards, police say.
Steffen was arrested and accused her of filing a fake police report, tampering with or inventing physical evidence and tampering with a witness.
Once she was taken into custody, Steffen was admitted calling on her daughter to urge her to tell the police that according to the arrest the abduction rate had been the daughter's idea.
After discovering her online threats, she was also accused of stalking and cyberbullying.
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