11 Queens residents indicted in alleged prostitution-money laundering bust

Eleven Queens residents were among 19 people indicted last week for their alleged connection to a prostitution-based money laundering operation.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly announced the indictments last Tuesday, saying they are the result of a 16-month investigation that focused on an advertising firm that placed ads for prostitution services in print and online publications in New York City.

Schneiderman, in a statement issued by his office, said the 180-count indictment includes claims of money laundereing, falsifying business records, narcotics sales and prostitution.
Two women who are the alleged victims of sex trafficking were found during the execution of warrants and are being kept safehouses.
“The investigation led to the arrest of multiple individuals who were part of a criminal enterprise that made millions of dollars by profiting off the exploitation of women,” Schneiderman said. “The message we are sending is clear: these crimes will not be tolerated in New York State.”
In a joint statement, Schneiderman and Kelly cited by name examples of publications that ran prostitution ads from Somad Enterprises, which they said “created, monitored, facilitated and employed online (on Backpage.com, for example) and print (in “The Village Voice,” for example) advertisements and cable television commercials to knowingly and systematically promote prostitution for its clients’ large- and small-scale prostitution businesses …”
“All anyone needs to do is open the a copy of the Village Voice to get a good sense of how classified advertising and prostitution go hand in hand, particularly in the prostituton of Asian women,” Kelly said. He added that their focus is and will continue to be the profiteers engaged in promoting prostitution as well as the johns.
“Not the women exploited by them,” Kelly said.
Queens residents named in the indictment include Christopher Fairbairn, 24, of Forest Hills; Ying Lla, 48, of Bayside, Jay King, 52, of Whitestone; Woo Yang, 60, of Oakland gardens; Wei Qu, 51, of Flushing; Juan Hue Niu, 40, of Flushing; Woosub Kim, 46, of Flushing Meadows; Sun T. Fink, 61 of Flushing; Melanie Reyes, 27, of Jamaica, Si In Kang, 58, Flushing; and Jacob Kim, 36, of Flushing.
Others include Xiao Jing Qiao, 25, of Brooklyn; Nilagros Katz, 50, of Jersey City; Sean Bagdonas, 37, of Lake Ariel, Penn.; Victor Concepcion, 45, of Caivta, Rizal, Philippines; Arlene Meyers, 67, of Hendersonville, NC; No Mi Kwon, 49, of Palisades Park, NJ; Fannie Hubbard, 23, of Yonkers; and Rensuhn Kang, 53, whose residence was listed only as New York.
Schneiderman’s statement said all face up to 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison.
The ongoing investigation was initiated by the AG’s Organized Crime Task Force and the Vice Enforcement Major Case team of the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau.
The state alleges that Somad Enterprises, Inc. operated as an ad agency out of a W. 25th Street address in Manhattan and “remote locations” in Queens, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Philippines.
The complaint alleges that Soman used numerous shell companies created with false information in order to process millions of dollars worth of credit card transactions which hid the true nature of the charges by claiming the services provided included cleaning, acupuncture, antiques and party planning rather than sex or in some cases drugs.
A review of Somad’s financial documents between January 2010 and October 2012 allegedly shows that prostitution businesses paid Somad more than $3 million to promote them.

Former Dean At Scarsdale High School Was Arrested In A Huge Prostitution Case

New York state’s attorney general said today that 19 people had been indicted for allegedly participating in a massive money laundering and prostitution ring.
Prosecutors say defendants laundered money from prostitution, sex trafficking, and drug sales through the small-business ad company Somad Advertising.
Somad, in turn, allegedly advertised the ring’s prostitution services on Backpage.com and the Village Voice.
One of three “johns” who was arrested separately was David Mendelowitz, an ex-guidance counselor and dean of students at the prestigious Scarsdale High School, NY AG Eric Schneiderman said in a press release.
Mendelowitz, who was involved in the high school’s drug task force, is charged with paying for both crack and sex, according to the attorney general. He’s being arraigned today, a Schneiderman spokeswoman told BI.
Here’s his mug shot:
david mendelowitz
New York Attorney General
David Mendelowitz
Here’s a summary of the prostitution ring charges, from Schneiderman’s press release:
Somad’s lucrative enterprise partners were large-scale prostitution managers Ying Li, Wei Qu, Jian Hui Nu, Woosub Kim, Jay King and No Mi Kwon, and their employees, some of whom provided cocaine in addition to sex for sale. This enterprise utilized numerous shell corporations created with false information and which were used to process millions of dollars in credit card transactions which hid the true nature of the charges by claiming the corporations services were for cleaning, acupuncture, antiques, and party planning rather than for sex and/or drugs.
Each prostitution prong of the enterprise utilized the income derived from their illegal prostitution and drug related businesses to pay Somad for their advertising services, effectively laundering money through Somad, disguising the origin of the proceeds as legitimate advertisement payments. These payments to Somad were used to both pay Somad employees who ran the advertising business and to place additional ads which promoted their prostitution businesses. According to a review of Somad’s financial documents, between January 1, 2010 and October 2012, prostitution businesses paid in excess of $3 million in advertising to promote their prostitution business.
And here’s a list of the defendants:
MILAGROS KATZ, 50, Jersey City, NJ
SEAN BAGDONAS, 37, Lake Ariel, PA
VICTOR CONCEPCION a/k/a TORIO, 45, Caivta, Rizal, Philippines
ARLENE MEYERS, 67, Hendersonville, NC
YING LI a/k/a LILY, 48, Bayside, NY
JAY KING, 52, Whitestone, NY
WOO YANG a/k/a AHJUCI, 6o, Oakland Gardens, NY
WEI QU a/k/a WILLIAM, a/k/a ANDY, 51, Flushing, NY
JIAN HUI NIU a/k/a JAMES a/k/a BILL, 40, Flushing, NY
XIAO JING QIAO a/k/a JOY, 25, Brooklyn, NY
WOOSUB KIM, 46, Fresh Meadows, NY
SUN T. FINK, 61, Flushing, NY
NO MI KWON a/k/a SARAH, 49, Palisades Park, NJ
FANNIE HUBBARD a/k/a ALEX, 23, of Yonkers, NY
MELANIE REYES, 27, Jamaica, NY
SHI IN KANG a/k/a “OLDER MISS KANG”, 58, Flushing, NY
JACOB KIM, a/k/a “SARAH’S DRIVER”36, Flushing, NY