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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 28, 2016

Jacksonville Man Indicted For Promoting, Managing, Establishing, And Carrying On Prostitution Business

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging John R. Biggerstaff (39, Jacksonville) with using a facility of interstate commerce to promote, manage, establish, and carry on a prostitution business. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. 

According to the indictment, between June 30, 2016 and July 31, 2016, Biggerstaff promoted, managed, established, and carried on a business enterprise that involved prostitution, in violation of applicable Florida laws. The indictment alleges that Biggerstaff used a facility of interstate commerce, a cellphone, to commit the offenses.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has violated one or more federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Integrity Unit. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mac D. Heavener, III.

Updated October 31, 2016