Saugus escort service owner charged with extortion; allegedly threatened client

A 52-year-old Saugus man is in federal custody after he allegedly sent threatening text messages to a man from Maine over a $100,000 debt linked to an escort service.

According to records filed in US District Court in Portland, Nicholas Enfanto allegedly threatened a man known only as J.D. in a series of text messages sent from Massachusetts to J.D. while he was in New Hampshire and Maine.

Enfanto currently faces a single count of sending interstate communications with intent to extort, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, according to federal records.

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Enfanto, according to the court records, is the owner of Perfect Pleasures Escort Service based in Windham, Maine. The victim, according to an FBI affidavit, has been a customer of Enfanto’s for about eight years and routinely sent personal checks to Enfanto’s home on Curtis Road in Saugus to pay for services he received.

But, earlier this year, Enfanto allegedly learned that J.D. cut him out of the arrangement and was dealing directly with some of the women associated, or formerly associated, with Enfanto’s business, according to the affidavit.

Enfanto told J.D. that he owed him $100,000. “Enfanto claimed that J.D. had contacted women from the escort service without going through Enfanto, and thus owed Enfanto for lost business,’’ FBI Special Agent Christopher D. Peavey wrote in an affidavit.

J.D. allegedly started paying Enfanto $250 a week to buy down the debt, but was soon ordered by Enfanto to boost the payment to $400 a week, according to the affidavit. When J.D. started failing to make the payments at the new amount in April, Enfanto then started sending threatening text messages, according to the affidavit.

During an exchange on April 26 J.D. became so fearful about Enfanto that he called police to his home in Falmouth, Maine, according to the court records. When Enfanto called in on that day, the Falmouth police officer warned him he would be arrested if he showed up at J.D’s home.

Despite the warning from the police on April 26, Enfanto allegedly continued to send his threatening text messages laced with profanity.

“Listen $400 in my acct 2 mor I don’t care what u have 2 do 2 get it but it betta b dun!’’ Enfanto allegedly texted J.D. on April 30. Another in the series of text messages was sent on May 1. In that one, Enfanto allegedly wrote that “i’m gonna smash ur [expletive] face...’’

Enfanto was taken into custody in Saugus last week and has since been transferred to the jurisdiction of federal authorities in Maine, according to court records. He is scheduled for both a preliminary and detention hearing in Portland on Wednesday, records show.