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Illinois Man Sentenced to over 10 Years in Federal Prison For Transporting Females to Las Vegas for Prostitution

June 26, 2003

Las Vegas, Nev. - Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada, Byram Tichenor, Special Agent-in-Charge of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation for Nevada and Utah, and Clark County Sheriff Bill Young of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, announce that on June 20, 2003, QUINTON WILLIAMS, age 41, a resident of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Kent J. Dawson to 125 months in federal prison for his conviction on charges of Transportation of a Female for Prostitution, Transportation of a Minor for Prostitution, Money Laundering, Sex Trafficking of Children, and Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering. WILLIAMS was convicted by a Las Vegas jury in April of this year following a three-day jury trial. The case was the first prosecution of its kind in Nevada in which the federal law prohibiting Sex Trafficking of Children was used.

According to the court records, WILLIAMS resided in Chicago, Illinois, where he operated a prostitution business involving the transportation of women to various states for the purpose of engaging in prostitution or other illegal sexual activity. During 2001, WILLIAMS transported a 16-year-old juvenile and adult prostitute by automobile from Chicago to Portage, Indiana; Houston, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; and Las Vegas, Nevada. In those cities, WILLIAMS supervised the prostitution activities of the adult and minor female and received all of their earnings. WILLIAMS had no legitimate source of income other than from the illegal prostitution activity. During the 1990's, and through 2001, WILLIAMS filed only one federal individual income tax return with total reported earnings of less than $500.

WILLIAMS was also ordered to serve a five-year period of supervised release following his release from prison.

The case was investigated by Special Agents of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and Detectives with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Justin J. Roberts and Howard J. Zlotnick.

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