Grand jury indicts Joran Van Der Sloot in Alabama

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.

According to the indictment, Van Der Sloot caused Beth Holloway to wire $15,000 from her bank in Birmingham to his account at a bank in the Netherlands. The indictment also charges that he caused her to wire $10,000 to lawyer John Q. Kelly in New York, so that Kelly could later carry that money to Aruba and deliver it to Van Der Sloot in person. The indictment identifies Kelly as an advisor and legal representative of Beth Holloway who served as her intermediary with van Der Sloot.