NYPD catch police impersonator who blackmailed escorts, masseuses
Authorities are looking for any victims of a Brooklyn man who pretended to be a police officer to extort local escorts and masseuses.
Mikhail Belik, 32, was arrested on March 26 and charged with robbery, burglary, unlawful imprisonment and criminal impersonation of an officer.
Belik would allegedly find his victims in back-page advertisements and patronize escort and massage services.
When it would come time to pay for the services, Belik reportedly flashed a handgun and told the victims he was an NYPD officer.
He would then demand money in return for not arresting them for unlicensed business practices, police added.
The Brighton Beach resident was eventually foiled when one of the victims helped police track him down.
Police are asking anyone who might have been victimized by Belik to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or to submit tips online.
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