Kaushal Niroula and The Gay Grifters
Sex Crime Or Sex Scam?
Replogle, 60, was the lead attorney in the case. Daniel Garcia was one of the plaintiffs. Garcia claimed that gay San Francisco stockbroker and philanthropist Thomas White had abused him when he was a teenager. The pair alleged that White also had sex with a number of underage Mexican boys whom he flew to his Bay Area mansion. In March 2004, a federal grand jury indicted White on two counts of sex tourism and one count of pornography.
Replogle got Garcia and the other young men $7 million in a civil settlement.
White is now in jail in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where he's serving a sentence after being extradited from that other sex-tourism hotspot, Thailand.
White has since contended that Replogle's case was fraudulent. Not only does White claim that Garcia stole money from his bank account (backed up by Tyson Wrensch, a slot machine company executive who said he'd seen Garcia use an ATM card in White's name to withdraw amounts as large as $1,500), he alleges that on a 2002 trip to Mexico, Replogle and Garcia actually recruited the supposedly victimized young men to serve as plaintiffs, paying them generously for their time.
Garcia seems to have had another change of heart regarding his former associate: Garcia and Kaushal Niroula would later talk about a plan to spring White from the Mexican jail to which his alleged sex-tourism had led him.
In 2008, a San Francisco court judge denied White's appeal of the verdict, but what's happened since may call everything into question once again. In Palm Springs a few years later, Garcia, Replogle, Niroula and two other men would be accused of trying to get yet another older man's money.
First, there were a few other scams.