Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Money Laundering Charges Against Operators Of Nationwide Prostitution Enterprise And Seizure Of Online Escort Website
Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in New York (“HSI”), announced today the arrest of BRANDON MARTIN and TAMEKO LINDO for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with their ownership and operation of Flawless Escorts, a nationwide business offering prostitution services, as well as the seizure of Flawless Escorts’ website. MARTIN and LINDO will be presented today in Fort Lauderdale federal court.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As alleged, Brandon Martin and Tameko Lindo ran a nationwide prostitution ring, requiring their ‘employees’ to service as many as seven clients a day. However, the fatal flaw in Martin and Lindo’s alleged scheme was their underestimation of law enforcement’s ability to detect and halt their illicit activities.”
HSI Special Agent in Charge of Angel M. Melendez said: “In just under four years, these defendants are alleged to have secured more than three thousand hotel bookings to use in the furtherance of their prostitution scheme. In this case, members of HSI’s El Dorado Task Force were able to follow the money, tracking the advertising funds, payments and movement of dollars to locate the perpetrators, and they now face prosecutions for their actions.”
According to the allegations in the Complaint sworn out in Manhattan federal court:
From 2014 to the present, MARTIN and LINDO have operated an online prostitution service through their website, www.flawlessescorts.com (the “Website”). As part of their prosecution business, MARTIN and LINDO arranged for escorts to travel throughout the United States to engage in prostitution, securing more than 3,000 hotel bookings under the names of various women. MARTIN and LINDO also required escorts to follow certain protocols when traveling on behalf of the Website, including an expectation that each escort would see a minimum of seven clients per day. MARTIN and LINDO also required escorts to deposit the proceeds of their commercial sex acts into a number of corporate and personal bank accounts that they controlled.
MARTIN and LINDO then used the proceeds of the prostitution scheme for personal gain and to further their illegal prostitution business. They paid, for example, over $180,000 from bank accounts under their control to advertise for the Website and to pay expenses of individual escorts.
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MARTIN, 42, and LINDO, 38, of Parkland, Florida, are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and two counts of money laundering, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.
Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of HSI, the New York City Police Department, and the Broward County Sherrif's Office.
This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Tara M. La Morte and Kyle A. Wirshba are in charge of the prosecution.
The charge contained in the Complaint is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
 As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint and the description of the Complaint set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.