First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced that a Florida couple was charged in a five-count indictment with sending threatening communications to federal law enforcement agents and other individuals in the Northern District of Ohio.
Akil Larry Joseph, 31, and Alexa Marie Logan, 30, both of Homestead, Florida, were charged with four counts of cyberstalking and one count of interstate communications with intent to extort.
According to court documents, from November 2021 to July 2022, it is alleged that Joseph and Logan sent numerous threatening communications, via email and telephone, to federal law enforcement agents and other individuals in the Northern District of Ohio with the intent to obtain money from the victims.
Court documents state that over the course of an approximately two-year period, multiple communications sent by the couple, primarily via email, came to contain increasingly harassing and aggressive language rhetoric and tone.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, a sentence will be determined by the court after a review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offenses and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum; in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
This case was investigated by the FBI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher J. Joyce and Peter E. Daly.