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Times Square Elmo Dresser Faces Jail in Girl Scouts Scam

Dan Sandler, 49, is accused of threatening to publicize false information about the Girl Scouts unless he got the money

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013  |  Updated 9:57 PM EDT
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NYC Elmo Dresser Faces Jail in Girl Scouts Scam

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In this May 10, 2013 booking photo provided by the San Francisco Police Dept. is Dan Sandler, who also goes by the name Adam Sandler. Sandler, a homeless man with a history of playing an evil version of the "Sesame Street" character Elmo from coast to coast was charged Wednesday June 5, 2013 in New York City with trying to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts.

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A homeless man accused of going on an anti-Semitic tirade in Times Square while dressed as Elmo is facing jail time in a plot to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts.

Dan Sandler pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempted grand larceny and misdemeanor stalking as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. He faces up to two years in jail at an Oct. 9th sentencing.

Sandler was accused of threatening to publicize false information about the Girl Scouts unless he got the money. Prosecutors say he sent harassing emails and photos to an employee of the nonprofit.

The 49-year-old Sandler was arrested last year in Times Square while wearing the "Sesame Street" costume and causing a scene that blocked traffic. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

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