The indictment charges that in April of this year, the man — the adult son of convicted sex offender Baruch Lebovits, who was sentenced in April to 10 to 32 years in prison for sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy — was approached by a member of his Hasidic community, who told him that he would report the son to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and claim that he sexually abused Taub’s son, unless Lebovits’ son paid Taub the exorbitant amount of money.
Lebovits’ son contacted the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, which opened an investigation that included recording phone calls between the son and Taub, during which the son arranged to pay the fee in five installments. After the son made the first $75,000 payment on July 7, the District Attorney’s detective investigators arrested and charged Taub.
Taub is charged with attempted grand larceny in the second degree, attempted grand larceny in the third degree and attempted grand larceny in the fourth degree. If convicted, he will face up to seven years in prison.