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CASE NAME:United States v. Maurice Lerome Smith
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Maurice Lerome Smith a.k.a. Mozilla a.k.a. Lil' Kaos a.k.a. Mr. Everythang
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DOCKET NUMBER:3:11-cr-00471
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Roger T. Benitez
YEAR OF ARREST:2010
YEAR OF VERDICT:2011
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:California
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:United States
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of Children by Force, Fraud and Coercion
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591(a) and (b)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:360 months
SECOND CHARGE:Felon in Possession of a Firearm; Criminal Forfeiture
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2); 18 U.S.C. §§ 1594(d), 924(d), and 28:2461(c)
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SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:120 months
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:360 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$90,000
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FORFEITURE IMPOSED:Vehicles, property, firearms
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:719 F.3d 1120
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Defendant Maurice Smith ran a window washing business as a public front to a prostitution ring in the San Diego area. A 17-year-old homeless girl contacted him looking for work. She began working at his window washing company in 2010. She moved in with him several months later, and was later introduced to another prostitute who trained the victim for prostitution. The victim was harbored in defendant's home and transported in his vehicle for prostitution. Defendant forced the victim to engage in commercial sex by threatening to harm her, telling her he loved her, and physical violence. Smith was convicted of sex trafficking of a minor and felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 360 months imprisonment.
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