SAN FRANCISCO – Ramajana Hidic Demirovic was sentenced to 37 months in jail for cyberstalking and conspiracy to commit cyberstalking in reference to a scheme to harass and intimidate victims, together with youngsters who had romantic relationships with the defendant’s co-conspirator, introduced United States Lawyer Stephanie M. Hinds and Federal Bureau of Investigation Particular Agent in Cost Robert Okay. Tripp. The sentence was handed down by the Hon. Vince Chhabria, U.S. District Choose after the defendant admitted she was responsible of the federal felony expenses.
Demirovic, 47, of San Francisco on the time she dedicated the offenses and at present of Brentwood, pleaded responsible to the fees on August 4, 2022. In line with her plea settlement, Demirovic admitted she despatched a whole bunch of malicious, misleading, and abusive communications meant to sabotage the non-public relationships, social fame, educational life, and work prospects of her meant victims. In all, Demirovic pleaded responsible to seven counts of cyberstalking in addition to an eighth depend of conspiracy to commit cyberstalking. She acknowledged in her plea settlement that between 2016 and 2019 she and a co-conspirator tried to trigger and did trigger substantial emotional misery to their victims. The principal targets of the scheme have been individuals with whom her co-conspirator (her daughter) had a falling out after a relationship or friendship. In every case, after the connection ended, Demirovic engaged in a marketing campaign to punish the victims.
Examples of Demirovic’s cyberstalking and extra conduct are described in her plea settlement and within the authorities’s sentencing memorandum. The descriptions are disturbing. Demirovic’s first sufferer was a 14-year-old highschool pupil who dated Demirovic’s co-conspirator for only some days in February 2016. Demirovic went to the sufferer’s college, positioned him, accosted him, and, in entrance of different college students, threatened him. Demirovic additionally contacted the sufferer’s mom utilizing textual content messages and falsely accused him of being violent towards Demirovic’s co-conspirator.
A second sufferer was an in depth feminine buddy of Demirovic’s daughter till the 2 youngsters had a falling out. In response, Demirovic started sending harassing textual content messages to her and leaving threatening voicemail messages. Demirovic threatened to ship fabricated incriminating proof to the police and to rearrange to have this sufferer disciplined by her college.
A 3rd sufferer turned Demirovic’s goal after he briefly “dated” her daughter in 2016. Demirovic despatched vicious textual content messages to this sufferer and threatened to hunt a restraining order towards him that will prejudice his school purposes. She made false experiences to his employer accusing the sufferer of being bodily abusive, utilizing medicine, and having an issue with alcohol—main the sufferer to stop his job. She contacted directors on the sufferer’s college and repeated these false allegations. Demirovic additionally used Instagram spoof accounts that used the sufferer’s identify and pictures of him.
Demirovic acknowledged in her plea settlement that her ways escalated all through the remainder of 2016 and 2017; by Might of 2018, Demirovic and her co-conspirator started a 17-month course of conduct that was meant to humiliate and destroy the social relationships of a fourth sufferer. This time, Demirovic created and used social media accounts—some that impersonated the sufferer and others that used pseudonyms—to systematically transmit a whole bunch of communications and postings concerning the sufferer. Messages have been despatched to the sufferer, his household, buddies, college officers, and strangers. For instance, Demirovic created social media postings suggesting, amongst different issues, that the sufferer was excessive on medicine, that he was emotionally and psychologically abusive, and that he was engaged in on-line bullying and nameless messaging. Demirovic additionally submitted a criticism concerning the sufferer to Title IX officers at his college, falsely alleging he had “harassed and stalked” women. Demirovic’s harassing conduct continued even after a judicial officer issued a brief restraining order directing Demirovic to chorus from harassing the sufferer and his household.
A extra detailed description of the defendant’s conduct and the impact on her a number of victims is included within the authorities’s memorandum filed in reference to the defendant’s sentencing.
On March 10, 2022, a federal grand jury issued a superseding indictment charging Demirovic with seven counts of cyberstalking, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2261A(2), and one depend of conspiracy to commit cyberstalking, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371. Pursuant to her plea settlement, Demirovic pleaded responsible to all counts.
Along with the jail time period, Choose Chhabria ordered Demirovic to serve a three-year time period of supervised launch to start after her jail time period. Choose Chhabria ordered the defendant to give up on March 10, 2023, to start serving her jail time period rand scheduled a listening to for February 15, 2023, to find out points concerning restitution.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Tartakovsky and Lauren Harding are prosecuting the case with help from Lance Libatique. The prosecution is the results of an investigation by the FBI.