Â The Fairfax Sun-Herald in Sydney has reported that an unnamed member of parliament has been blackmailed by a twenty something gay waiter who had a fling with the married man and then tried to shake him down for $15000.
Jake Della-Vedova, 25 years old, had surreptitiously video-recorded the MP and himself engaging what the polite old crime reporter Les Kennedy described as a “sex act.” Della-Vedova has fessed up to threatening to put the recording online unless the parliamentarian coughed up the $15000 bribe.
Fairfax claims that Jake “the Snake” has been banned from telling anyone he had the affair with or even identifying whether he is a state or federal MP.
That’s probably an understandable order to make. But given Fairfax’s revelations that it’s a member of parliament who is married with children, it does create a reasonably small pool of potential victims. We understand The Age has been more circumspect in its description, broadening out Fairfax’s original description of an MP to “political figure”.
Political circles were titillated this evening as VEXNEWS rang around attempting to discover the poor chap’s identity.
Della-Vedova describes his own political views as “Liberal” on his social networking page at Facebook where he understandably describes his relationship status as single. (Since publication this page was removed)
Jake “the Snake” has already pleaded guilty to the blackmail charge he faced after the MP rather bravely dobbed him in to Victoria Police.
Fairfax in Sydney reports that the filmed couple met online at a a gay dating website. It appears the MP operated under an alias on the site and in his dealings with Della-Vedova.
They had a “relationship” that ended early in 2008. Shortly afterwards, Jake “the Snake” discovered his lover was a member of Parliament and decided to shake him down for a much larger tip than he would normally have received at Rosati’s where he was understood to have been employed prior to being sacked.
In July last year Jake was charged and he pleaded guilty to one count of blackmail last October in the County Court. It is considered by most a minor miracle that Police, court officials, Jake the Snake’s circle and everyone else managed to keep this a secret until now. And even when it did out, it went via the highly unusual route of a Fairfax veteran crime reporter, in Sydney.
Jake the Snake is going to be sentenced on Friday in the County Court. Legal experts say he is unlikely to receive a custodial penalty for the shakedown attempt although the maximum penalty in theory is fifteen years.