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John Stamos Extortionists Convicted


Jul. 15 2010, Published 6:05 a.m. ET

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Full House actor John Stamos can sleep easy – a judge found his extortionists guilty of conspiracy in a Michigan courthouse on Thursday.

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Scott Sippola, 31, and Allison Coss, 24, were convicted and sentenced to five years behind bars after the FBI launched a sting operation last year and it was discovered the duo was attempting to release incriminating photos unless Stamos paid them.

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The extortionists contacted Stamos via email and demanded $680,000 from the actor in exchange for keeping the photos and information private.

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An affidavit from an FBI agent said that Stamos, identified as "Mr. X", attended a party with Coss in 2004 during which photos were taken.

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Sippola is the owner of Matrixx nightclub in Marquette, Michigan and as previously reported, Coss was a former employee and the two eventually had a romantic relationship.

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Stamos’ attorney claimed the photos never existed and no photos were ever found by FBI agents.

John Stamos released the following statement:

“I would like to thank the court, the FBI and the US Attorney’s office for their swift and efficient dealings in connection with this case.  

"I am shocked and perplexed how individuals could fabricate so many false stories in an effort to defend a crime.  I agreed to be a witness for a federal criminal prosecution and endured countless false accusations about my behavior and appropriateness.  The allegations made regarding an inappropriate relationship are completely untrue.  These slanderous allegations to smear my reputation were part of their defense to redirect attention away from the federal crime of extortion.  There was no hot tub, no drugs, no nudity and nothing sexual in nature involved in my friendship with this woman.  They lied about everything from a pregnancy to compromising photos.  

"I'm grateful these two criminals have been found guilty and I plan to go home to be with my family and friends and prepare to get back to work.”



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