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CASE NAME:United States v. Maria de Jesus Valle-Maldonado
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Maria de Jesus Valle-Maldonado, Javier Sandoval-Garcia, Jose Velasquez-Garcia, Gregorio Martinez-Vasquez
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DOCKET NUMBER:2:04-CR-00387; 2:04-MJ-00605; 2:04-MJ-00727
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Gary A. Feess
YEAR OF ARREST:2004
YEAR OF VERDICT:2004
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:California
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Central District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:12 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):4
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to import and harbor aliens for purpose of prostitution
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 371
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:54 months + 36 months supervised release + $600 special assessment + $135,362 restitution
SECOND CHARGE:Smuggling Illegal Immigrants
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. 1324
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:54 months + 36 months supervised release + $600 special assessment + $135,362 restitution
THIRD CHARGE:Importation of aliens for the purpose of prostitution
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:54 months + 36 months supervised release + $600 special assessment + $135,362 restitution
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:54 months + 36 months supervised release + $600 special assessment + $135,362 restitution
FOURTH CHARGE:Transporting illegal aliens
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. 1324
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:54 months + 36 months supervised release
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$135,542
FINE IMPOSED:$600 special assessment
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SUMMARY:

Defendant Valle-Maldonado, 27, is a Mexican national who recruited women and girls (the youngest being 14 years old) to work as prostitutes in massage parlors and residences in Los Angeles. The women and girls worked as prostitutes for the defendant in order to pay off the costs of defendant's smuggling them into the United States, generally for a set term of five to six months. When agents from the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided defendant's brothel, they found at least 12 undocumented immigrants working there.

Defendant Sandoval-Garcia, 29, a Mexican national and Valle-Maldonado's boyfriend pled guilty to conspiracy to import and harbor aliens for the purpose of prostitution, two counts of importation of aliens for the purposes of prostitution, and one count of bringing illegal aliens into the United States. Velasquez-Garcia, 28, also a Mexican national, pled guilty to a conspiracy to import and harbor aliens and five counts of importation and harboring aliens for the purpose of prostitution. Juan Gregorio Martinez-Vasquez, 37 and also a Mexican national, was found guilty at trial of two counts of transporting illegal aliens.

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