A 32-year-old Seattle man has been arrested for allegedly threatening Leagle.com with cyberattacks if the site did not take down information about his criminal history.

Courthouse News reports that Kamyar Jahanrakhshan allegedly sent emails under the name “Andrew Rakhshan” to Leagle.com in December 2014, asking for the removal of a link to an unflattering court decision. He claimed he was the plaintiff in the case, according to an affidavit, and the existence of the opinion on the Web was violating his privacy and ruining his reputation. “Rakhshan offered to pay a fee to have the post removed,” the affidavit stated.

In 2010, Jahanrakhshan faced several charges in Vancouver for credit card fraud and interfering with the resulting police investigation against him, CBC News reports. The offending court decision was related to the credit card fraud.

The man sent the Dallas-based case law aggregator several emails in the same vein for weeks. But on January 24, 2015, prosecutors say he sent Leagle.com a message claiming that he had met a group of hackers who would use a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against the site in order to make Leagle.com remove the offending post. “Rakshan claimed that he had no other options to resolve the matter,” prosecutors said in a statement.

The next day, Leagle.com was hit with a DDoS attack that continued until the link was removed according to Rakshan’s demands. “If you do not remove it immediately, more severe attacks will hit your website in the coming days and weeks, and your users will be deprived of your service,” an e-mail to the site said, according to the affidavit.

Jahanrakhshan has also been accused of carrying out similar attacks on Fairfax Media, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and other media outlets. Occasionally, prosecutors allege, he “escalated his threats from DDoS attacks to threats of bomb attacks.”

Jahanrakhshan was arrested on July 28 on charges of extortion and will appear in federal court on August 14. He faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.