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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Prostitution Charges Involving Multiple Victims

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., announced today that Michael McDonald, a/k/a George Jackson, a/k/a Rabbit, 42, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. to three counts of interstate travel for purposes of prostitution. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys John D. Fabian and Aaron J. Mango, who are handling that case, stated that in April 2013, the defendant transported Victim 1 from New York to New Jersey, where the Exxxotica Fan Choice Awards were being held. When McDonald transported Victim 1 to New Jersey, the purpose was for Victim 1 to engage in commercial sex acts in New Jersey. In May 2017, the defendant transported Victim 2 from New York to Florida, where Victim 2 had a court date. When McDonald transported Victim 2 to Florida, the purpose was for Victim 2 to engage in commercial sex acts in Florida. In January 2018, the defendant transported a third victim from New York to Florida, where, among other things, a boat party was planned in Miami. When McDonald transported the victim to Florida, it was for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia, and the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief Brian Gould.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 14, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Sinatra.

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Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Updated August 18, 2021