Farah, a hairdressing salon owner who reportedly used Snapchat to blackmail her employees, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for her role in the alleged scheme.
She had pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy and one count of receiving child pornography in July.
Prosecutors allege Farah used Snapchat, which allows users to share private photos, videos and videos of themselves to blackmail employees, while at the same time allegedly trying to gain access to the private photos and videos through the use of Snapchat’s “Chat” feature.
The woman’s alleged scheme allegedly began when Farah allegedly took an employee to a room and tried to coerce her into having sex with him.
The woman then allegedly turned over the videos to Farah and allegedly threatened to expose the videos in a lawsuit if she did not do so, according to court documents.
According to the indictment, Farah also allegedly used the Snapchat feature to solicit and send nude images of herself to other Snapchat users, but that the accounts were never used for any sexual activity.
Farah’s lawyer, James Henson, said she is looking forward to serving her sentence.
Henson also said he is working with a group of lawyers to seek leniency for Farah.
“We are confident that we can get a long sentence for her,” Henson said.
“We believe that she deserves it and that she has paid a heavy price for her crimes.”
Henson said he has been working with the prosecutors to try to secure a shorter sentence, which he said will allow him to “move on and have a life.”