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    Mario Antoine, 33, of Raymore, was charged in a 21-count federal indictment on Monday.

    Missouri Man Charged for Duping Women Into ‘Rehearsing’ for Fake Porn Movies

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    A Missouri man has been indicted on 21 counts after allegedly tricking dozens of women into having sex with him on camera, claiming that they were rehearsing for a pornographic film.

    Mario A. Antoine, 33, allegedly posed online claiming to be a talent manager, photographer, or videographer for fake companies looking for pornography talent. He claimed to represent various fake companies including “Playboy Worldwide,” “Playboy Asia,” and the “Dash Agency,” as well as claiming to work for various other overseas websites.

    Antoine’s sex scam allegedly began in 2011, when he began “auditioning” dozens of women and persuading them to engage with him in sexual activities under false pretenses, using forged and false documents to appear authentic. The office of the US Attorney Western District of Missouri claims that Antoine promised his victims tens of thousands of dollars for contracts with his fake companies. 

    "Antoine allegedly promised to pay his victims tens of thousands of dollars for entering into contracts for these modeling shoots and engaging in this sexual activity, which entailed auditions in which the victims performed various sexual activities with Antoine, which he recorded," the office of US Attorney Tammy Dickinson said in a statement.

    When his victims complained that they never received payment for the shoots, Antoine would reportedly send the videos and images he took of the women to their employers or significant others.

    Antoine is now charged with 12 counts of wire fraud, two counts of cyberstalking, two counts of online enticement, two counts of making false statements to federal law enforcement agents, one count of obstructing justice, one count of extortion and one count of false registration of a domain name, local station KSHB reports.

    Previously, Antoine was charged with ten felonies related to running a wedding photography scam. In September, 2013, he was found guilty of four counts of theft and four counts of deceptive business practice. He was sentenced to five years of probation, but his parole was revoked after one month and he ended up staying in prison for 45 days.

    The US Attorney also alleges that Antoine had used Google to search for "rape by deception" and "illegal to trick girls into sleeping with you,” and viewed websites and law journals "regarding the criminality of committing rape by fraud or deception," the Pitch reports.

    Authorities are still looking for additional victims, and are asking anyone who has been victimized by Antoine to call the FBI at 816-512-8200.

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    Fraud, Rape, Pornography, US Attorney's Office, Tammy Dickinson, Mario Antoine, Missouri, Raymore
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