According to the indictment report, Jeff Jorgensen allegedly extorted money from another man by threatening to share compromising photos.
Nearly two years after his famous attraction opened as part of the city’s 375th anniversary, the owner of the Grande Roue de Montréal is facing charges of extortion and voyeurism.
After being arrested this week, Jeff Jorgensen, 46, appeared before a judge at the Montreal courthouse Thursday afternoon via a video linkup with the detention centre he is confined to.
According to the indictment report, between June 12 and Aug. 28, Jorgensen allegedly extorted money from another man by threatening to share compromising photos. By purportedly acquiring and distributing the explicit photos, the business owner is also facing a charge of voyeurism, in addition to the charge of extortion.
This is not the first time Jorgensen has experienced a brush with criminal activity.
Earlier this year, the provincial liquor board rejected Jorgensen’s request to serve alcohol at his restaurant in the Old Port based on concerns that Steve Vogl, one of the restaurant’s suppliers, had ties to the Montreal Mafia.
At the time, Jorgensen said he would continue doing business with Vogl despite the serious allegations made by police about connections to Mob boss Vito Rizzuto.
During Jorgensen’s appearance before the judge, the prosecutor objected to his release. Jorgensen was ordered to remain detained until a bail hearing on Friday.
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