Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Ind. Courts - "Prosecutors seek convictions, bank accounts in Northside Indianapolis prostitution bust"
Tim Evans reports in the Indianapolis Star on high-end prostitution arrests in Marion County. Some quotes:
Now, Veronika LeBlanc, 23, and Anzhelika Rampone, 29, are facing an Oct. 23 jury trial in Marion Superior Court on prostitution charges.ILB: See also Ogden on Politics' post on the civil forfeiture aspects of the story.
Rampone, the alleged madame who police say arranged trysts online using the name “Natasha Smirnoff,” is charged with promoting prostitution. The Class C felony charge carries a penalty of two to eight years in prison, plus a fine of up to $10,000.
LeBlanc is charged with prostitution. That is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
But the criminal charges may not be their biggest worry. That’s because the women are facing an even more ominous legal battle: a fight for more than $300,000 in cash and bank deposits police seized following their arrests.
In addition to the criminal charges, prosecutors have filed two forfeiture lawsuits: One seeks $156,000 from nine bank accounts belonging to LeBlanc and Rampone, the other targets $94,000 confiscated from Rampone and $49,000 plus more than a dozen pieces of jewelry, taken from LeBlanc.
The lawsuits contend the money came from criminal acts and that Rampone and LeBlanc “have participated in, and constructed to operate a corrupt enterprise, through a pattern of racketeering activity.”
Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 9, 2013 11:14 AM
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