Extortionist Caught in “Sting” Operation
Hines Ward, the all-time leading receiver for the Steelers, was the target of extortion. 26 year old Joshua Van Auker tried to extort $15,000 from one of Hines Ward’s personal assistants. According to Allegheny County prosecuters, Van Auker threatened to release information stating that Ward had paid women for sex.
According the the Allegheny Prosecutor’s office, Hine’s assistant gave Van Auker the money he demanded. That money was provided by law enforcement.
Allegheny County detectives then arrested Van Auken. He is currently awaiting arraignment.