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Former New York police officer, internet model arrested for racketeering

A former Upstate New York police officer and another woman have been arrested for allegedly extorting a small business owner out of thousands of dollars, New York authorities said Tuesday.

The two women from Montgomery, NY – 32-year-old Ally Thueson and 33-year-old Elizabeth Sloanhoffer – are accused of taking $9,000 from Thueson’s employer after threatening to make false statements about the cosmetics industry unless the owner gave them money.

The duo threatened to share the fabricated comments on social media platforms, the Orange County District Attorney’s office said in a news release, adding that the false statements would “materially harm the victim’s business.”

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the threats included “intent to defame the small business owner on social media platforms, report alleged violations to the NYS Board of Cosmetology, and file complaints with the Department of Labor for alleged labor violations .”

Elizabeth Sloanhoffer (Orange County District Attorney)
Elizabeth Sloanhoffer (Orange County District Attorney)

Thueson joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in March 2016. Most recently, she worked as a police officer in the city of Woodbury until she resigned in 2021, Woodbury Police Chief Kevin Watson told News12 Westchester.

In July 2022, she talked about being nominated for the 2022 Maxim Magazine Cover Girl contest on the “Off Duty” podcast hosted by retired Michigan police officer Anthony McNeil.

In the episode, titled “I Thrive in Chaos,” Thueson told McNeil that she decided to step out of her comfort zone and apply to be a Maxim cover girl because of her insecurities.

According to the district attorney’s office, both women acted individually and in concert to extort $9,000 from Thueson’s employer.

They were arrested by the Orange County White Collar Crime Task Force and charged with grand larceny and coercion.

“Small business owners deserve to operate free from compelling threats of reputational harm,” District Attorney David M. Hoovler said in a statement. “These alleged criminal acts are precisely the types of crimes that often go unreported and are uncovered through the hard work of the Task Force,” a multi-agency effort established in March 2023 to investigate and prosecute public improve corruption and financial crimes.

Both women have since been released and are expected to return to the Village of Montgomery court on June 26.

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