|For Immediate Release
April 15, 2011
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; Carlos Noriega, Chief, Miami Beach Police Department; and Michael Shea, Deputy Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Miami Field Office, announced the indictment of 15 individuals, charging them with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349; 39 substantive wire fraud counts, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343; one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371; 18 counts of fraud regarding immigration documents, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1546; and one count of bribery of a government official, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 201. These individuals were previously charged by complaint for their involvement in a scheme to defraud unwitting out-of-state businessmen and tourists out of thousands of dollars through exorbitant alcohol charges incurred at private South Beach clubs owned and operated by the defendants.
Charged in the indictment were Alec Simchuk, 44, of Hallandale; Albert Takhalov, 29, of Aventura; Svetlana Coghlan, 41, of Hollywood; Isaac Feldman, 50, of Sunny Isles Beach; Fady Kaldas, 35, of Palm Beach Gardens; Siavash Zargari, 46, of Miami Beach; Marina Turcina, 24, of Latvia; Julija Vinogradova, 22, of Latvia; Anna Kilimatova, 25, of Latvia; Valeria Matsova, 22, of Estonia; Anastassia Usakova, 25, of Estonia; Kristina Takhalov, 29, of Miami Beach; Irina Domkova, 22, of Estonia; Anastassia Mikrukova, 32, of Estonia; and Agnese Rudaka, 22, of Latvia. Fifteen of the 16 defendants were arrested on April 5, 2011 at various locations in Miami Beach. Alec Simchuk remains at large and is believed to be located out of the United States.
Defendants Simchuk, Takhalov, Coghlan, Kaldas, Feldman, and Zargari were the organizers and investors in the criminal organization, which owned and operated numerous private clubs in South Beach. The organization allegedly brought Eastern European women into the United States to work as "Bar Girls" or "B-Girls," to lure out-of town businessmen and tourists (the victims) from legitimate South Beach clubs to the defendants' private clubs. The defendants targeted tourists and out-of-town businessmen by their expensive watches or shoes. Defendants Turcina, Vinogradova, Kilimatova, Matsova, Usakova, K. Takhalov, Domkova, Mikrurova, and Rudaka worked as B-Girls or managers at the clubs.
According to the charging documents, the B-Girls arrived in the United States under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Visa Waiver Program (VWP). They falsely stated in their VWP applications that they were not seeking entry into the U.S. to work or commit a crime.
At the private clubs, the defendants would charge the victims exorbitant prices for bottles of alcohol. The B-Girls would order bottles of wine or champagne and charge them to the victims' credit card, sometimes without the victims' knowledge. The charges were often unsigned, unauthorized, or the victims' signatures would be forged. When the victims disputed the charges, the defendants either threatened to have the victims arrested at the scene or presented the credit card companies with photographs of the defendants and the B-Girls at the private club as proof of the charge. Typically, B-Girls would keep 20 percent of what they brought in; private club managers would keep 10 percent.
The indictment lists six private clubs allegedly owned and operated by the defendants in South Beach: (1) Caviar Bar, 643 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach (operating from February to May 2010); (2) Stars Lounge, 643 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach (operating from August to October 2010); (3) a room at Club Moreno, at 1341 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach (operating from October to December 2010); (4) a room at Nowhere Bar, 653 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach (operating from late December, 2010 to mid-January 2011); (5) Steel Toast, 758 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach (operating from early January 2011 to the present); and (6) the Tangia Club, 841 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach (operating from late January, 2011 to the present).
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison for each wire fraud related count; 10 years in prison for each count of fraud in connection with immigration documents; five years in prison for conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with immigration documents; and 15 years in prison for the bribery count.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, the Miami Beach Police Department, and ICE's Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Huynh and Richard D. Gregorie.
An indictment is only an accusation, and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt
Dirt and More Dirt
|For Immediate Release
April 15, 2011
|United States Attorney's Office
District of New Jersey
CAMDEN, NJ—A computer programmer was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for launching a virus that infected approximately 100,000 computers around the world and directed them to attack media outlets that republished stories that mentioned him, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
In September 2010, a jury returned a guilty verdict against Bruce Raisley, 48, of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Monaca, Pennsylvania, following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler. Raisley was convicted of the count charged in the Indictment on which he was tried: launching a malicious computer program designed to attack computers and Internet websites, causing damages. Judge Kugler also imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:
Raisley formerly volunteered for Perverted Justice, an organization that worked with the Dateline NBC television show "To Catch a Predator" to identify and apprehend pedophiles. After a falling out with the group and its founder, Xavier Von Erck, Raisley became an outspoken critic of Perverted Justice and Von Erck.
Von Erck retaliated by posing online as an adult woman named "Holly" and initiating an Internet relationship with Raisley. Eventually, Raisley agreed to leave his wife for "Holly" and was photographed by a Perverted Justice volunteer waiting for "Holly" at the airport.
In September 2006, Radar Magazine published an article entitled "Strange Bedfellows," and in July 2007, Rolling Stone Magazine published an article entitled, To Catch a Predator: The New American Witch Hunt for Dangerous Pedophiles. Both articles discussed the television show "To Catch a Predator" and, more specifically, the techniques employed by Perverted Justice and the show to ensnare pedophiles. Both articles discussed the episode between Raisley and Von Erck posing as "Holly."
The two articles proved popular, and were later posted on a number of websites beyond Radar and Rolling Stone, including a website operated by the Rick Ross Institute of New Jersey. As a result, Raisley devised a plan to remove the articles from the websites.
Specifically, Raisley developed a virus that would spread over the Internet and infect computers. When he deployed the virus, it infected approximately 100,000 computers across the world, creating what is known as a "botnet." Expert witnesses explained that a botnet is a collection of victim computers that are remotely controlled to accomplish tasks such as sending out e-mail spam or, as in this case, attacking websites.
Raisley used the botnet to launch distributed denial of service attacks. Such attacks caused the 100,000 computers to repeatedly attempt to access any websites that posted the two articles in an effort to overwhelm the computers that hosted the websites and shut down the websites. The effect of denial of service attacks is akin to an "all circuits are busy" message—making it impossible for Internet users to access the content of the victim websites, including, of course, the two articles.
Evidence admitted at trial demonstrated that Raisley targeted and attacked a number of websites, including those of Rolling Stone, Radar, Nettica, Corrupted Justice, and the Rick Ross Institute of New Jersey. In total, those websites suffered damages in excess of $100,000 in lost revenues and mitigation.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Kugler sentenced Raisley to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $90,386.34 in restitution.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward, for the investigation leading to today's sentence. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Erez Liebermann and Lee Vartan of the U.S. Attorney's Office Economic Crimes Unit, Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section in Newark.
Defense counsel: John Yauch, Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark, N.J.
Adult Book Stores Booths and Theaters
I hope you have been following the columns I have been posting during the past couple of months. These stories are the truth and nothing but the truth about what goes on in many of the Adult bookstores and theaters. Of course I only have firsthand knowledge of the few in my area but after researching these both during the ten years I worked there and continued researching after I was no longer employed there; it goes on in most of them around the country. In the years I worked at the adult bookstore on the Corridor of Crime in Philadelphia there were very few really hot looking guys that came in but there was one I remember that should have been a movie star. He was about 6’ 2” with big biceps and 6 six pack abs that most of us can never have no matter how hard we work at it. For most of the ten years I worked there he came in and bought magazines and DVD’s. Then one day he came in and wondered into the back room where the peep shows are I guess after watching many different plots in the xxx movie he purchased he wanted to star in a fantasy and make it come true – or was it he just got curious and was willing to do anything that night. He found his way to one of the peep show booths with a glory hole. It made my stomach turn to think that a man that hot and that had a prominent job would lower himself to this. I can’t imagine why he would but he did. He continued to frequent the store but no longer was his main purpose to buy magazine and DVD’s he now came to satisfy his sexual urges through a glory hole. He started to give and receive oral satisfaction with people he never saw more than what fit through the hole. About a year ago when he came in he was talking to me and let me know that he was sick. I asked what was wrong he told me he was now HIV positive and had AIDS. I know that it can happen to anyone but to a guy like I said that had a prominent job and looks that could make almost anybody say - Damn he is HOT! - to have let this happen. I asked where he thought he may have got this and he said “Most likely the bookstore”.
What I am going to ask now is who here is the victim? The hot guy that came to a store that allows these sexual acts to go on in a store open to the public. These stores have been around for years and nothing is ever done about it?
The other guys he met in the store that he may have also infected while he was coming to the store?
The consumers who may never have been to one of these stores but who pay rising costs for medical benefits and treatments? As I said he worked in a prominent job, I am sure he had some kind of medical benefits.
Or is it me because I lost a friend because of what went on in these stores and no one wants to listen?
I guess it really is ALL ABOUT THE MONEY
It's no secret that we live in a pornified culture. Erotic images seem to be everywhere. From billboards and magazines to television and the internet, it's difficult to avoid. Pornography has been around for thousands of years; however, the advent of the Internet has made it more accessible than ever. Prior to the Internet, if a man wanted to view pornography, he had to go out and search for it. This usually meant traveling to some seedy part of town and entering an "adult bookstore", hoping that no one would see him entering or exiting the establishment.
However, with the Internet, that has all changed. Pornography is just a "click" away. This easy access to pornography has enabled it to enter areas of life that were once cut off from it. Obscenity laws once protected children from pornography by banning them from viewing or purchasing it. Now, anyone who has access to a computer can view pornography. There are no societal safeguards on the internet. No one is safe.
Pornography is not just limited to the internet. We see it in all areas of society. It's on television, in magazines, catalogs, newspaper ads, popular music, video games, and fashions. Why is this so? The answer is simple: Sex Sells! Because our society is so saturated with erotic images, we have become desensitized to it. We often just don't see it. However, pornography does have numerous harmful effects on society. For children, it introduces them to a world for which they are not yet ready. They are forced to deal with issues they cannot understand. It robs them of their innocence.
For teens and young adults, it leads to a warped sense of love, relationships and sexuality, where it is okay to use another person for one's own sexual pleasure. It fosters a culture of narcissism. Pornography has serious implications for marriages too. It damages the sacred trust between husband and wife. This deep trust wound is often difficult to heal and many marriages end in divorce due to pornography. Husbands who use pornography lose the respect of their wives and children. They cannot be good role models.
For decades, it was suspected that pornography could be addictive, similar to drugs and alcohol. New research has provided evidence to prove this assumption. Because of the easy access to pornography offered by the Internet, thousands of men are becoming addicted. They are spending hours on surfing the web for porn, at home, at school and at work. It's costing these men thousands of dollars, their marriages, their careers, and for some, their lives. Most importantly, it costs them their relationship with God and possibly their eternal salvation.
Unfortunately, society does not see how dangerous pornography is. Protected by the first amendment, pornographers produce millions of dollars of pornography every year under the guise of "adult entertainment," and the Internet makes it readily available for viewing. Because of this, men are fooled into thinking that it's just harmless fun. They fail to see how they can be lulled into a dependence upon it. They cannot understand why their wives feel so hurt and betrayed when their pornography use is discovered.
It's only when their pornography use ends up in an extreme consequence, such a divorce, loss of a job, or contracting a sexually transmitted disease that a man may realize that he has a problem with pornography and possibly an addiction. Although he may be ready to get help, the damage he caused may be irreparable.
Men are called to be the leaders, providers and protectors of their families, communities, parishes and society. They cannot do this if they are enslaved to anything, including pornography. Pornography robs men of their true masculinity. They need to realize how what they believe to be "simple entertainment" can harm them and those they love. When a man becomes addicted to pornography, it becomes his god. He starts neglecting his wife, children, career, friends, and even God. His only goal is to feed the addiction to pornography.
Fortunately, there is hope. We can protect our families from the harmful effects of pornography. Those who have a pornography problem/addiction can find help and recover. However, it starts by educating ourselves on the truth about pornography and its effects. Those who have a pornography problem or addiction need to have the courage and humility to get help. There are many therapists and supports group that are ready to help.
The key is to understand that one cannot resolve a pornography problem or addiction alone. It requires help from other men who understand the problem. Men's groups and 12-step groups provide the support and accountability needed to achieve sexual sobriety. Counseling helps uncover the root causes of pornography use. By addressing and resolving the root causes, long-term sobriety is much easier to achieve. Most of all, a strong relationship with God is needed. Successful recovery requires God's grace. Ask any successfully recovering porn addict and he will tell you he couldn't have done it without God.
Although it doesn't appear that the amount of pornography in our culture will let up soon, we can win the battle against it. By educating ourselves and taking appropriate actions, we can protect ourselves and our families against pornography and help those who are addicted find the help they need.
Peter C. Kleponis, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Therapist and Assistant Director of Comprehensive Counseling Services in West Conshohocken, PA. He holds an M.A. in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA and a Ph.D. in General Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Kleponis has fourteen years of professional experience working with individuals, couples, families and organizations.
He specializes in marriage & family therapy, pastoral counseling, men's issues, pornography addiction recovery, and resolving excessive anger.
Is It Too Late?
Peep Shows and Adult Theaters – Do we let them continue?
About a year ago my old boss purchased a new store in Delaware County Pennsylvania. He purchased another adult bookstore: If it was only another bookstore perhaps there would not be a problem. I never worked in this new store but I did have to stop there a couple of times. Just like his other stores he has cameras recording everything that goes on in the store. He also watches this over the internet. This past September a Glory Hole suddenly appeared between two of the booths. I wondered how it got there. Evidently so did the police. They made the owner have the hole closed up, so now instead of having a hole the customers just leave the doors open to let other guys know that they are there to have sex. What kind of sex do they have that all depends on who it is and what they want at the time but everything can and does go. The owner of the store has repeatedly stated that he is not responsible for what goes on in the back rooms of his stores. But he likes the money that comes in by letting the guys do what they want and having the clerk keep reminding the customers to keep the money going into the slots. Last September the police arrested someone in the store for sexual acts but the store is still open and the customers continue to do what they want. Did this arrest make the local news – NO. With all the useless news the local papers print and local media reports, you think they would report this so that the taxpayers would know what goes on in their communities and counties and furthermore what their hard earned tax dollars are going towards. I cannot imagine how the county has allowed this business to operate especially with a residential house right next store and imagine that the kids play in front of their house no more than 5 feet away. I wonder what they have seen or heard. Perhaps the customers have done things in front of them on purpose. Perhaps our local officials should live in a house next to a store that allows these sexual acts to go on.
Below I have excerpts from comments from a website that was talking about this store: (The word blank has been put in for words that I cannot print on my site)
…this place had an undercover cop who arrested a dude who put his BLANK in the hole while the plain clothes cop waited on the other side. He was dragged out in cuffs and displayed outside for awhile. The fat clerk claimed he knew nothing about the hole. Cops follow what is going on on this site so if you plan a hookup beware. So I would be careful if I were you
Stop by Wed 2/9/11, about 1:5pm, Feed a few bucks in the machine, pulled out my big BLANK, left the door open about 6 inchs. BOOM. Found a married younger guy who went down on his knees, deep throated my thick BLANK several times, begged for my blank and I gave it all to him. I even had him milk it. I’m sure the Nit Ox helped him enjoy it all. I will be back on 3/8/2011.
Anyone going tonight? Had a great time last week with a hot bbc.
Would like to do it again tonight then hit (store down the street) too. Email me if you are going around 7:30 pm is time.
With this going on in the store and being publicized on websites promoting these acts how do they get away with it? These stores are making money off of sex in the public and nothing is ever really done about it. Are brothels now legal in Pennsylvania if so let’s all open these stores. Let’s have one in the middle of the mall.
As always ---- It is ALL ABOUT THE MONEY
A sex offender (also sexual offender, sex abuser, or sexual abuser) is a person who has committed a sex crime. What constitutes a sex crime differs by culture and by legal jurisdiction. Most jurisdictions compile their laws into sections such as traffic, assault, sexual, etc. The majority of convicted sex offenders have convictions for crimes of a sexual nature. Some sex offenders have simply violated a law contained in a sexual category. Some of the titles of crimes which usually result in a mandatory sex-offender classification are: second prostitution conviction, sending or receiving obscene content in the form of SMS text messages—sexting, relationships between young adults and teenagers have resulted in corruption of a minor, so long as the age between them is greater than one thousand and sixty days, if any sexual contact was made by the adult to the minor then child molestation has occurred. If sexual conduct occurred, unlawful sexual conduct involving a minor has occurred. Other serious offences are sexual assault, statutory rape, child sexual abuse, rape, sexual imposition, and pandering obscenity. Pandering obscenity offences range from the possession of the book, within the United States, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by author John Cleland, to digital child pornography. In our modern world of technology, many jurisdictions are reforming their laws to prevent the over-prosecution of sex offenders and focusing on crimes involving a victim. The term sexual predator is often used to describe a sex offender or any of the Teir offenders, however, only the category just below sexually violent sexual predator is reserved for a severe or repeated sex offender: sexual predator. The Adam Walsh Act (AWA) proposed to provide funding to each jurisdiction which would agree adopt its Act into their law. In the few jurisdictions which did accept this agreement, there are either Tier I, Tier II, or Tier III sex offenders. Individuals convicted of petty crimes not covered by the AWA are still liable to abide by the previous regulations denoting them as a sex offender (or habitual sex offender, sexual predator, sexually violent sexual predator, child-victim offender, etc.)
In the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries, a convicted sex offender is often required to register with the respective jurisdiction's sex offender registry. In the U.S., registry databases are often open to the public. Sexual offenders are sometimes classified into levels. The highest level offenders generally must register as a sex offender for their entire lives, whereas low-level offenders may only need to register for a limited time.
Would you like to know an easy way to make lots of money? I will let you know how many have done this for years and since they still exist it must be legal right?
In many of the Adult Bookstores and novelty shops around the USA there are Glory Holes. These businesses make lots of money from these holes. So how does this work you may be asking yourself. Many of the Adult Stores have backrooms that are dimly lit with peep shows. These peep shows are in small rooms normally the right size for 1 person and they have monitors connected to a computer system and money slots. Titles / movie excerpts scroll across the screen from XXX rated movies and you can select the one or ones you would like to watch. For a couple dollars the title will play for a predetermined amount of time. Ok now comes the problems that this creates. Imagine rows and rows in larger stores or maybe just a few of these rooms in smaller stores. They are lined up one after another side by side similar to bathroom stalls. Men go into these places from all walks of life (Married with or without kids, older, younger even people of the clergy) many of them get worked up and need a little relief while watching these movies. Some of these places have doors on these stalls others have curtains some are wide open. Men go to these places to watch or be watched by others and also will help each other out when the mood is right. Well as if all this is not bad enough now let us bring in the Glory Holes. These are holes that are in the walls so that you can stick your blank thru the walls and have the guy on the other side have some fun with it and never see who it belongs to. Sometimes they will just masturbate or give oral other times the guy on the other side will let them do more by bending over and getting blanked by the guy on the other side. These store owners do not care what goes on in the booths as long as the guys keep the money going in the slots and keeping the peep shows running. Places like this when in a city or near a major highway / thru fare can average $5,000 a week plus per glory hole.
“They have a new glory hole between booth 4 -5. I personally like the cinema lounge so I can suck and blank for hours, but for that quickie the new glory hole is nice. It is a big one, so plenty of room for big blanks.”
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The one guy had the nerve to talk about the guy talking over the PA and his job. If this guy / customer could be normal and meet his sexual partners like others and not behind a glory hole and the guy on the PA boss would not tell the employee to make sure the customers keep the money going in the slots so he can get a paycheck then the guy on the PA wouldn’t have such an odd job.
I wonder if the owners and their family members go behind the hole to give or receive, I bet in some stores they do.
So unfortunately I worked in this industry for 10 years. I do not agree with these stores. Everyday I was there I hated what went on in these backrooms and it disgusts me. Now this does not mean that there should not be a place to sell the books, Magazines and novelties. It is the Back rooms and the seediness that goes on that needs to be stopped.
So are you out of work and need a new opportunity for paying your bills just open up one of these stores. Get a drill and make some holes and you will be making easy money. As long as you can sleep knowing that diseases are being passed back and forth between your customers and the families they take them home to including their unborn children…Then it is Easy Money
Story By John S De Santo I
FBI Announces Initial Operating Capability for Next Generation Identification System
|Clarksburg, WV March 08, 2011|
CLARKSBURG, WV—New technology designed to revolutionize law enforcement’s ability to process fingerprints has reached its initial operating capability, the FBI announced today.
The Next Generation Identification System (NGI), built by Lockheed Martin, delivers an incremental replacement of the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). NGI provides automated fingerprint and latent search capabilities, electronic image storage, and electronic exchange of fingerprints to more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies and other authorized criminal justice partners 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Upon completion, NGI will have the ability to process fingerprint transactions more effectively and accurately.
“The implementation announced today represents a tremendous achievement in enhancing our identification services. Already, we’re seeing how the NGI system is revolutionizing fingerprint identification in support of the FBI’s mission,” said Louis E. Grever, executive assistant director, FBI Science and Technology Branch.
“Lockheed Martin was there supporting the FBI when IAFIS went live in 1999, and we’re thrilled to be here for NGI today,” added Linda Gooden, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions. “Technology like this is a powerful tool when it comes to protecting America’s citizens, and we’re proud to serve as a partner in that mission.”
“While IAFIS has been effective, criminal and terrorist threats have evolved over the past decade. Today’s environment demands faster and more advanced identification capabilities,” said Assistant Director Daniel D. Roberts, FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division. “NGI represents a quantum leap in fingerprint identification that will help us in solving investigations, preventing crime, and apprehending criminals and terrorists.”
In addition to the new fingerprint identification technology, the NGI program has also delivered Advanced Technology Workstations to the FBI’s fingerprint examiner staff. The workstations include significantly larger display screens with higher resolution and true color support, allowing staff to see more detailed attributes of biometric data for more efficient decision-making.
Did you know that sex in the public is legal? Yes it appears that it is. Why do I say that you ask?
If you can go into a store that is open to the public whether it is an adult book store or an adult cinema, each of these types of stores can be found along “The Corridor of Crime” in Philadelphia and in almost every city and many smaller communities throughout the USA. As long as you are 18 years of age or older you can go into these bookstores and put a few dollars in the slot and have sex right there in the peep show booth with strangers. No one will bother you except to watch or want to join in. In the cinemas you can pay $10.00 at the door and go into a large room where they are showing a movie. Most of the guys in there are partially to fully naked. Business men out for lunch or on their way home from work. Perhaps they are just in town for a meeting and staying at one of the hotels by the airport; they drive down the street and find what they want. Then they go home to their wife and kids who has no idea what they were doing. Most of the guys that come to these stores live a family life you would never know that they enjoyed having sex with other men but they do. You say it can’t be anyone I know. Why not drive by and see if you’re family, friends or perhaps your ministers’ cars are in the parking lot. I bet sooner or later you will find someone you know there. There are websites that promote where to find these stores in your area. They post blogs to talk about what they did and who they did it with. Should store owners be allowed to make money off of sex in their stores? Should these stores be legal? If government wants these types of stores perhaps they should let us the taxpayers vote on if or where we want them to be located. If we decide they are legal perhaps bars and nightclubs should have sex rooms at least there you are over 21 in the state of PA. Contact your state officials and let them know what you think. If it is legal lets VOTE for it.
PS…IT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY
Story By John S De Santo I
For Immediate Release
Springfield Man Pleads Guilty in Sex Trafficking Conspiracy, Admits Torturing Woman Coerced as Sex Slave
KANSAS CITY, MO—Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Missouri man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a sex trafficking conspiracy in which a young, mentally deficient woman was coerced into being a sex slave for several years while she was tortured in a trailer home located in a wooded area in Lebanon, Missouri.
James Noel, 45, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to the charge contained in a Sept. 7, 2010, federal indictment.
Noel admitted that he was one of the customers who sexually abused and tortured the female victim, who is identified as “FV.” Noel watched the victim being tortured and sometimes operated torture devices himself beginning in 2006, when she was approximately 20 years old. Noel knew that FV hated being electrocuted with a crank phone, which was one of the torture devices used to electrocute her, but he used it on her anyway.
Noel described the crank phone and another electrical device that was used to torture FV as “extremely painful.” Noel electrocuted FV with the crank phone himself and sometimes two men tortured FV with crank phones at the same time. These devices were wired inside FV’s vaginal and anal openings and to her toes. Noel admitted that he paid $300 for a special “show” that lasted two or three hours and included these sex acts.
According to today’s plea agreement, Noel described FV as mentally delayed for her age. He believed she lacked the ability to communicate normally and had a limited vocabulary. Noel admitted that FV did not have any ability to offer an opinion or refuse to follow orders.
Under federal statutes, Noel is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cynthia L. Cordes and John Cowles. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with the Human Trafficking Rescue Project
WASHINGTON – Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested late yesterday by FBI agents in Texas on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets.
The arrest and the criminal complaint, which was unsealed in the Northern District of Texas, were announced by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; James T. Jacks, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas; and Robert E. Casey Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Dallas Field Division.
Aldawsari is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Lubbock at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Aldawsari, who was lawfully admitted into the United States in 2008 on a student visa and is enrolled at South Plains College near Lubbock, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
According to the affidavit filed in support of the complaint, Aldawsari has been researching online how to construct an IED using several chemicals as ingredients. He has also acquired or taken a substantial step toward acquiring most of the ingredients and equipment necessary to construct an IED and he has conducted online research of several potential U.S. targets, the affidavit alleges. In addition, he has allegedly described his desire for violent jihad and martyrdom in blog postings and a personal journal.
“As alleged in the complaint, Aldawsari purchased ingredients to construct an explosive device and was actively researching potential targets in the United States. Thanks to the efforts of many agents, analysts and prosecutors, this plot was thwarted before it could advance further,” said Assistant Attorney General Kris. “This case serves as another reminder of the need for continued vigilance both at home and abroad.”
“Yesterday’s arrest demonstrates the need for and the importance of vigilance and the willingness of private individuals and companies to ask questions and contact the authorities when confronted with suspicious activities. Based upon reports from the public, Aldawsari’s plot was uncovered and thwarted. We’re confident we have neutralized the alleged threat posed by this defendant. Those reports resulted in the initiation of a complex and far-reaching investigation requiring almost around the clock work by hundreds of dedicated FBI agents, analysts, prosecutors and others. Their effort is another example of the work being done to protect our country and its citizens. These individuals are deserving of our respect and gratitude,” said U.S. Attorney Jacks.
“This arrest and criminal charge is a result of the success of the FBI's counterterrorism strategy, which is to detect, penetrate, and disrupt terrorist plots in the United States and against U.S. interests abroad. In this case, FBI Agents and other FBI experts worked tirelessly to neutralize the imminent terrorist threat described in the criminal complaint. The public can be justifiably proud of the national security expertise shown by the FBI in this investigation,” said Special Agent in Charge Casey.
Purchases of Chemical Ingredients and Other Equipment
The affidavit alleges that on Feb. 1, 2011, a chemical supplier reported to the FBI a suspicious attempted purchase of concentrated phenol by a man identifying himself as Khalid Aldawsari. According to the affidavit, phenol is a toxic chemical with legitimate uses, but can also be used to make the explosive trinitrophenol, also known as T.N.P., or picric acid. The affidavit alleges that other ingredients typically used with phenol to make picric acid, or T.N.P., are concentrated sulfuric and nitric acids.
Aldawsari allegedly attempted to have the phenol order shipped to a freight company so it could be held for him there, but the freight company returned the order to the supplier and called the police. Later, Aldawsari falsely told the supplier he was associated with a university and wanted the phenol for “off-campus, personal research.” Frustrated by questions being asked over his phenol order, Aldawsari cancelled his order and later e-mailed himself instructions for producing phenol. The affidavit alleges that in December 2010, he successfully purchased concentrated nitric and sulfuric acids.
According to the affidavit, legally authorized electronic surveillance revealed that Aldawsari used various e-mail accounts in researching explosives and targets, and often sent emails to himself as part of this process. On Feb. 11, 2011, for instance, he allegedly e-mailed himself a recipe for picric acid, which the e-mail describes as a “military explosive.” He also allegedly sent himself an e-mail on Oct. 19, 2010 that contained information on the material required for Nitro Urea, how to prepare it, and the advantages of using it.
The affidavit alleges that Aldawsari also e-mailed himself instructions on how to convert a cellular phone into a remote detonator and how to prepare a booby-trapped vehicle using items available in every home. One e-mail allegedly contained a message stating that “one operation in the land of the infidels is equal to ten operations against occupying forces in the land of the Muslims.” During December 2010 and January 2011, Aldawsari allegedly purchased many other items, including a gas mask, a Hazmat suit, a soldering iron kit, glass beakers and flasks, wiring, a stun gun, clocks and a battery tester.
Searches of Aldawsari’s Residence
Two legally authorized searches of Aldawsari’s apartment conducted by the FBI in February 2011 indicated that the concentrated sulfuric and nitric acids; the beakers and flasks; wiring; Hazmat suit; and clocks were present in Aldawsari’s residence.
FBI agents also found a notebook at Aldawsari’s residence that appeared to be a diary or journal. According to the affidavit, excerpts from the journal indicate that Aldawsari had been planning to commit a terrorist attack in the United States for years. One entry describes how Aldawsari sought and obtained a particular scholarship because it allowed him to come directly to the United State and helped him financially, which he said “will help tremendously in providing me with the support I need for Jihad.” The entry continues: “And now, after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad.”
In another entry, Aldawsari allegedly wrote that he was near to reaching his goal and near to getting weapons to use against infidels and their helpers. He also listed a “synopsis of important steps” that included obtaining a forged U.S. birth certificate; renting a car; using different driver’s licenses for each car rented; putting bombs in cars and taking them to different places during rush hour; and leaving the city for a safe place.
Research on Potential Targets
According to the affidavit, Aldawsari conducted research on various targets and e-mailed himself information on these locations and people. One of the documents he sent himself, with the subject line listed as “Targets,” allegedly contained the names and home addresses of three American citizens who had previously served in the U.S. military and had been stationed for a time at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
In another e-mail titled “NICE TARGETS 01,” Aldawsari allegedly sent himself the names of 12 reservoir dams in Colorado and California. In another e-mail to himself, titled “NICE TARGETS,” he listed two categories of targets: hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants. On Feb. 6, 2011, the affidavit alleges, Aldawsari sent himself an e-mail titled “Tyrant’s House,” in which he listed the Dallas address for former President George W. Bush. The affidavit also alleges that Aldawsari conducted research that could indicate his consideration of the use of infant dolls to conceal explosives and possible targeting of a nightclub with an explosive concealed in a backpack.
The affidavit also alleges that Aldawsari created a blog in which he posted extremist messages. In one posting, he expressed dissatisfaction with current conditions of Muslims and vowed jihad and martyrdom. “You who created mankind….grant me martyrdom for Your sake and make jihad easy for me only in Your path,” he wrote.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Dallas Joint Terrorism Task Force, with assistance from the Lubbock Police Department. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard Baker and Denise Williams from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, and Trial Attorney David Cora from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
The charges contained in the criminal complaint are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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