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Two arrests in Tony Clement extortion attempt

Two men have been arrested by the Ivory Coast cyber crime unit in an alleged extortion scam that took in Canadian MP Tony Clement.

CTV News is reporting the two men pretended to be a woman named Brianna Dounia, who corresponded with Clement, and then demanded $50,000 Euros in exchange for keeping quiet about sexually explicit photos he sent to the fake account.

Clement, who represents federal riding of Parry Sound-Muskoka, left the federal Conservative Party last fall after revealing he was the victim of extortion attempts related to his online activity.

In a message to his constituents in November, Clement acknowledged multiple infidelities, including sending explicit photos of himself to women, and apologized.

Clement, who now sits as an independent MP, was a member of the National Security Council at the time that he received two extortion attempts.

The MP could not be reached for comment Saturday, nor did the RCMP, who were investigating the situation, provide any information.

The CTV report says government officials in the Ivory Coast identified the two male suspects as CH and DML.

The Ivory Coast launched an anti-cyber crime effort in 2014 after it became known as the epicentre for online criminal activity in Africa.

aartuso@postmedia.com

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