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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Toledo duo sentenced for witness tampering in trial of former pastor

Alisa Haynes, age 45, and Alexis Fortune, age 26, of Toledo, were sentenced today after pleading guilty to one count each of witness tampering days before the trial of former Toledo pastor and convicted felon, Anthony Haynes. Alisa Haynes was sentenced to 24 months in prison, and Alexis Fortune was sentenced to 48 months in prison. Alisa Haynes is the wife of Anthony Haynes, and Alexis Fortune is his step-daughter. 

According to the plea agreement filed for the case, while Anthony Haynes was under federal indictment for sex trafficking of children and child pornography, both defendants visited a victim in the case at her apartment in order to force her to recant statements made to law enforcement. The defendants coerced the victim into leaving two voicemails on Alisa Haynes’s cell phone, stating that she was never trafficked or victimized by Anthony Haynes. Fortune and Haynes intended to share these voicemails with the attorney for Anthony Haynes to be used in the upcoming trial.

The victim reported these incidents to law enforcement and later went on to testify against Anthony Haynes. Haynes was sentenced to life in prison in June of 2019.   

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes against Children Task Force and the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ashley A. Futrell and Michael J. Freeman.

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Human Trafficking
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Contact: 
Daniel Ball Daniel.Ball@usdoj.gov (216) 622-3921
Updated May 19, 2020