BIRMINGHAM, AL – A federal grand jury indicted Joran Van Der Sloot on Wednesday on charges of wire fraud and extortion.
According to U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick Maley, Van Der Sloot is accused of soliciting money from Natalee Holloway's mother on promises he would reveal the location of her daughter's remains in Aruba and the circumstances surrounding her 2005 death.
"I want to applaud the FBI's work on this case," Vance said. "The FBI worked diligently, and in association with Aruban authorities, to investigate and gather evidence in this matter after learning that Beth Holloway had been contacted and told she could finally gain information about the death of her daughter if she would pay $250,000," Vance said.
18-year-old Natalee Holloway from Mountain Brook, Alabama, was last seen alive on May 30, 2005, while in Aruba on a school trip.
The two-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges Van Der Sloot with extortion for exploiting Beth Holloway's fear that she would never find her daughter's body or know what happened to her unless she paid him $250,000.
The indictment also charges Van Der Sloot with wire fraud for using false promises in order to induce Beth Holloway to make wire transfers of money.