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CASE NAME:United States v. Oscar Mondragon
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Oscar Mondragon, Maria Fuentes, Maximino Mondragon, Walter Alexander Corea, Victor Omar Lopez, Olga Mondragon, Lorenza Reyes-Nunes, Kerin Silva
CITATION:
DOCKET NUMBER:05-CR-468
SOURCE:Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
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YEAR OF ARREST:2005
YEAR OF VERDICT:2007
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Texas
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult and Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:100 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):8
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor and Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Nightclub Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to hold persons in a condition of peonage
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1581, 18 U.S.C. § 371
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:60 months
SECOND CHARGE:Conspiracy to illegally and knowingly recruit, harbor, transport, provide, and obtain persons for labor and services
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324, 18 U.S.C. § 371
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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THIRD CHARGE:Conspiracy to recruit aliens to enter the US illegally and to transport and harbor those aliens for purposes of financial gain
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324, 18 U.S.C. § 371
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:120 months
FOURTH CHARGE:Harboring an alien
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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FIFTH CHARGE:Forced labor
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1589
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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SENTENCING OPINION CITATION:No. H-05-468
LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:180 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$1,715,588
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 18244 (2009)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:
SUMMARY:

Defendants were part of a scheme to smuggle Central American women and girls into the United States. The defendants lured their victims with promises of legal jobs in the United States. Once in the country, however, the victims were forced to work in restaurants, bars and cantinas in the Houston area, and in some instances, were required to respond to the sexual advances of customers. The women were threatened with physical harm or harm to their families if they they attempted to escape before paying off their smuggling debt; some were sexually assaulted by the defendants.

The money the women made was turned over to the defendants to pay off their debts.

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