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CASE NAME:United States v. Costanzo
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Richard Costanzo, Theresa Costanzo, Janna Wasko, Michael Wasko
CITATION:
DOCKET NUMBER:8:10CR146, 8:10CR425
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search, Non-DOJ Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Joseph F. Bataillon
YEAR OF ARREST:2010
YEAR OF VERDICT:2011
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Nebraska
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult and Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Unknown
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):4
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor and Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Massage Parlor, Cothing/Garment Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to Conduct an Interstate Prostitution Business
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:60 months concurrent (R. Costanzo)
SECOND CHARGE:Conspiracy to Transport a Minor Across State Lines to Engage in Sexual Activity
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371 and 2423(e)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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THIRD CHARGE:Using an Interstate Commerce Facility to Carry on a Prostitution Business (3 counts)
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1952(a)(3)(A)
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:96 months concurrent (R. Costanzo)
FOURTH CHARGE:Transporting Individuals in Interstate Commerce for the Purpose of Prostitution
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2421
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FOURTH CHARGE SENTENCE:96 months concurrent (R. Costanzo)
FIFTH CHARGE:Using Interstate Commerce Facilities to Entice a Minor to Travel for the Purpose of Sexual Activity
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C § 2423(e)
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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SENTENCING OPINION CITATION:2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135732
LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:96 months
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FINE IMPOSED:$20,000.00
FORFEITURE IMPOSED:Property
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APPEAL:No
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SUMMARY:From 1997 to 2009, the defendants conspired to and operated an Internet-based prostitution business under the name Dream Girls Inc. Richard Costanzo recruited adult and minor females for an "escort" business. He made the females sign a contract stating they would only engage in nude and lingerie modeling, massages, and companionship. In reality, the victims were forced to perform commercial sex acts for the majority of their clients. The defendants transported the girls to and from Nebraska and Iowa to perform the sex acts. Defendants pled guilty to conspiracy to conduct an interstate prostitution business, using an interstate commerce facility to carry out a prostitution business, and other related charges.
Approval Status:Approved
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