State Trooper Accused Of Catfishing, Threatening Long Island Woman

Sophia Hall
August 20, 2019 - 3:53 pm
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MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A female trooper was indicted for coercion after she allegedly threatened to post revealing photos of a woman online if she did not purchase a fake ID for the trooper.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas says Jennifer Daignault, 31, pretended to be a man on the dating site PlentyofFish and formed an online-only relationship with the victim.

“The defendant allegedly ‘catfished’ an unsuspecting Nassau County woman and threatened to post her naked photos online unless the victim acquired a fake New York State identification card for the defendant,” DA Singas said.

Instead of purchasing the ID, the woman called the police, who tracked the account to Daignault.

Daignault, of Rome, was arraigned Tuesday and charged with coercion in the first degree and two counts of coercion in the second degree.

She was also accused of harassing another woman for over 15 years in the Rome area.

Singas used the case as a warning to all residents who seek out relationships online.

“This case highlights the need to be cautious when using online dating platforms and to limit the amount of personal information you share before meeting in person or speaking on the phone,” Singas said in a statement.

State police did not return a request for comment. If convicted of the top count, Daignault faces up to 2 1/3 years to seven years in prison.