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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Detectives Seek Additional Victims of Extortion Suspect NR18146ti

Los Angeles: On April 26, 2018, police officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division arrested Jose E. Morales, a resident of Los Angeles, for extortion.

On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 3:00 pm., the victim visited a business, a legal office in the 500 block of N. Alvarado Blvd., where Morales was employed. The victim, having been lead to believe that Morales was a licensed lawyer, asked Morales for assistance with her husband's immigration case. During the visit, Morales became sexually aggressive with victim and she quickly left his office. Over the next few days, Morales repeatedly called the victim offering discounted legal services for her husband's case in exchange for sex, which the victim refused. Morales told the victim he would not work on her husband's case and he would have her U-Visa revoked unless she had sex with him. The victim contacted the local bar association to report Morales, at which time she was told to file a police report. The victim reported Morales to Rampart Area and Morales was arrested.

Morales had been an employee at the legal office for at least ten years, possibly longer. Detectives believe there are numerous other victims and they are encouraging them to come forward.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Rampart Robbery Area Detectives at (213) 484-3640. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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