A 59-year-old retired Connecticut school teacher is suing GEO Group Inc., claiming lax security at a prison the Boca Raton-based company runs in Oklahoma allowed inmates to extort nearly $700,000 from him.
In a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach, Joseph Pappalardo claims inmates responded to a message he posted on an online dating service, looking for men to meet on the phone. After telling one of his phone “dates” that his family didn’t know he was gay, the man threatened to out him if Pappalardo didn’t send him money.
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