Arrest Mugshots That Won’t Go Away Unless You Pay

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File booking photo of former mob boss and fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger, who was arrested in Santa Monica in 2011

This weekend’s Bottom Line:

A Simsbury man says his daughter, struggling with alcoholism, was arrested in Florida recently for disturbing the peace.

She paid a fine, the man says, and the record was sealed.

But soon her picture started showing up on “mugshot” websites that post public-information arrest photographs and charge a fee to have them removed. The man says he found nine sites with his daughter’s mugshot, asking anywhere from $300 to $3,000 to have them removed.

“They not only cite the arrest but have her mugshot, which would scare away any prospective employer, landlord or creditor,” says the father, whose name is being withheld at his request. “This strikes us as blackmail, but maybe it’s legal blackmail.”

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