NEW YORK (PIX11) – The infamous Anti-Semitic Elmo has finally gone too far, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled, and is heading behind bars after a bizarre attempt to extort the Girl Scouts of the USA.
The infamous street performer, whose real name is Dan Sandler, was well-known in New York City for his rants against Jews — generally in tourist hot spots like Times Square and Central Park.
The 50-year-old Sandler, who worked with the Girl Scouts in a limited capacity as a computer programmer until 2008, began sending threatening, strange letters to the organization in July of 2012, according to the NY Daily News.
He was apparently concerned about the organization working with the pharmaceutical companies to promote “off-label” drugs to children. He also accused the Girl Scouts of conspiring with Cambodian rape camps.
He finally crossed the line when he tried to blackmail the Girl Scouts for $2 million, telling the organization he would expose its alleged underage prostitution ring. According to the NY Post, told the judge, “This is not the case of someone in the back room of the office trying to embezzle money . . . this is more of a protest, like laying down in an intersection.”
The judge didn’t buy Sandler’s rambling statement, and sentenced him to a year in Rikers Island prison.