Perth property manager tried to blackmail businessman after Seeking Arrangement relationship
Inside a glamorous blonde’s plot to hold back her wealthy lover she met on a sugar daddy dating site for a $50,000 ransom ONE DAY after he ghosted her when she found out that he was MARRIED
- Rachel Roche, 40, was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence for blackmail
- Roche tried to extort $150,000 from a Perth businessman in early 2020
- She said she was looking for a father for her children on Seeking Arrangement
- After forming a relationship with the man, Roche learned that he was already married
- After the man stopped contacting Roche sent nine emails asking for the money
A glamorous property manager tried to blackmail a wealthy businessman out of $150,000 after ‘ghosting’ him on a sugar daddy dating site.
Rachel Roche, 40, was charged in 2020 with the Perth businessman’s attempted blackmail earlier that year after he suddenly cut off contact with her.
The man cannot be named due to a national suppression order.
Rachel Roche (above), 40, was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence for trying to blackmail a Perth businessman $150,000 after ‘ghosting’ him on a dating site sugar daddy
Roche said she was trying to find a “father figure” for her children in late 2019 on a popular dating site: Seeking Arrangement.
Seeking Arrangement is widely known as a sugar daddy dating site.
Perth District Court heard on Thursday that Roche was under the impression the businessman was single and was shocked to see a picture of him wearing a wedding ring next to a WA minister, Perth now reports.
When Roche confronted the man about the woman in the photo, he confirmed it was his wife, but said he planned to leave her soon.
Roche said she was looking for a ‘father figure’ for her children on the infamous Sugar Daddy dating site Seeking Arrangement when she met the businessman
“She foolishly believed it,” Roche’s defense attorney Linda Black said.
However, the businessman suddenly “ghosted” (stopped all contact with) Roche.
Roche was devastated and suffered from an illness she believed to be a male sexually transmitted disease.
“She was angry and of course she behaved not only inappropriately, but illegally,” Ms Black said.
Roche (above) later found out the man she was dating was already married and when she confronted him about it, he blocked her on all social media
On January 3, Roche launched its blackmail campaign against the businessman and, within four days, sent nine threats to his work email address.
She demanded that the man pay her $150,000 or she would go public with their affair.
Roche also ordered the man to pay an additional $50,000 for each day past his deadline.
She signed one of the extortion emails with a #metoo.
Perth District Court heard on Thursday that Roche had been “devastated and angry” by the man’s sudden disappearance and had threatened to go public with their affair unless he paid her $150,000.
Prosecutor George Brett said the emails put the man in a dire situation where he had “a significant amount of money to lose”.
“He was in a Catch-22, he would either pay or risk his affair being disclosed,” he said.
“And there is a degree of malice and vengeance, and an element of greed.”
Judge Vernon said Roche would not immediately be imprisoned for her actions, but should have known she was doing something wrong.
‘You are not young, you should have known better. And you obviously threatened him with something that mattered to him — exposure,” she said.
Roche received an 18-month suspended prison sentence.