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Weston man gets prison for role in extortion

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A Wausau area man has been sentenced to five years in prison, for extorting almost $100,000 from another man.

28-year-old Dustin Congleton of Weston must also spend five years under extended supervision, after he pleaded no contest to felony extortion and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. A count of receiving stolen property was dropped in a plea deal.

A second defendant, 29-year-old Alex Santiago of Ringle, has pleaded not guilty to similar charges. The status of his case will be reviewed on June 24th.

A 56-year-old Marathon County man was the apparent victim. Prosecutors said the victim met an exotic dancer at a Wausau strip club and paid her bills, rent, and legal expenses.

Santiago was the woman’s boyfriend at the time – and when he moved up from Kenosha, he allegedly threatened to tell the victim’s wife how he helped the dancer, unless he started paying Santiago.

The victim reported paid cash, money orders, and prepaid credit cards since late 2009.

In February, the victim reportedly asked for something in return for all he paid Santiago – and the defendant reportedly gave him seven guns that turned out to be stolen.

Congleton reportedly told the victim he could get Santiago off his back – and the victim reported gave a few thousand to Congleton as well.