Dan Sandler, the street performer who was once arrested for his anti-Semitic rants in an Elmo costume, was sentenced to a year in jail yesterday.
He was charged with trying to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts, which he called a "protest" against the group's ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
Sandler, 49, said he was accepting his punishment of one year in jail because he had in fact broken the law, but he had a good reason for doing it.
"This was not a case of some one in the back room or front office trying to embezzle. This was more of a protest, like lying in an intersection," he said.
"I am not in any way sorry to the Girl Scouts organization because they are a very corrupt organization because of their relationship to the pharmaceutical industry."