Former diplomat from Alpharetta sentenced for cyberstalking

An Alpharetta man was sentenced to four years in prison for cyberstalking and “sextorting” young women.

Former U.S. State Department employee Michael Ford was convicted of hacking into other networks to steal naked pictures of college students.

Authorities said he then used those photos to blackmail the women.

Investigators said he did this using his government issued computer while working at the U.S. Embassy in London.

Ford was arrested at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in May 2015.

He pleaded guilty to cyberstalking, hacking, and wire fraud.

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