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CASE NAME:United States v. Serge Mezheritsky
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Serge Mezheritsky, Tetyana Komisaruk, Valeriy Komisaruk, Lorina Latysheva, Oleksandr Latyshev, Gordey Vinitsky, Alex Van Kovn, Larisa Palomar, Gregoriy Chernov, Nataliya Korolova, Alexander Tkabladze, Yuri Sarnoff, Mykhaylo Lyga
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DOCKET NUMBER:02-CR-401, 01-CR-00434
SOURCE:Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Robert Takasugi
YEAR OF ARREST:2001
YEAR OF VERDICT:2002
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:California
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Central District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult and Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:200 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female and Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Ukraine
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):18
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Harboring Aliens
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Importation of Aliens for an Immoral Purpose
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1328
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THIRD CHARGE:Money Laundering
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1957
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:210 months
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:162 Fed. Appx. 720 (9th Cir. Cal. 2006), 266 Fed. Appx. 634 (9th Cir. Cal. 2008) <br>
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:
SUMMARY:

Defendants ran a sophisticated and profitable smuggling ring, bringing young Ukrainian women into the United States via Mexico. This "smuggling service" was advertised for a price between $5,000 and $7,000 per person, through what appeared to be a legitimate travel agency. The women were enticed with the prospect of jobs as models, actresses or escorts, but some were handed over to pimps and brothels in United States to work off their debt.

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