Deputies: St. Augustine woman stalked, extorted victims
Investigators say woman reported false crimes in attempt to impact their personal, professional lives
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A 39-year-old St. Augustine woman is accused of extorting and stalking six victims over the last year.
St. Johns County deputies said Tawny Blazejowski was using the Crime Stoppers tip line, the Department of Children and Families hotline, and the cyber tip line with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to make false reports of sexual and physical child abuse against the complainant.
Investigators said Blazejowski continually reported false crimes against several victims in an attempt to impact their personal and professional lives.
"There was enough evidence to support that it was her sitting at a keyboard actually sending out that information," said St. Johns County Sheriff's Sgt. Catherine Payne. "Stating that they were suspects of either physical child or sexual child abuse. So in turn the department of children and families would get involved."
During the investigation, detectives said they found evidence to support Blazejowski was using various means to threaten and extort her victims. Blazejowski was arrested in April and charged with two counts of extortion. She was released on $100,000 bond.
Deputies arrested Blazejowski again Wednesday on charges of extortion, four counts of aggravated stalking and making false reports to DCF.
"It appears there was some type of romantic relationship that went awry and that's how they are all connected," said Payne.
DCF said that they investigate any and all reports of abuse, but there is a limit.
"If we do get a pattern of false allegations, we will have our lawyer send them a warning letter first reminding them of the law false reporting in this state, but if that continues we will let the state attorney's office know about it," said DCF spokesman, John Harrell.
Blazejowski is being held in the St. Johns County jail with a bail set at $20,000.
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