Re: IL Town police chief charged in prostitution scam

On Jun 5, 1:10 pm, indigo...@xxxxxxx (Indigo Ace) wrote:
From the Chicago Tribune--

Town police chief charged in prostitution scam

By Jeffrey Meitrodt | Tribune reporter
    11:15 PM CDT, June 4, 2008

SPRINGFIELD—A federal grand jury indicted the police chief of a small
town in northern Kankakee County on charges of running a prostitution
scam that bilked more than $400,000 from 99 men who handed over the
money to avoid the shame of being prosecuted for soliciting a
$300-an-hour hooker over the Internet, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Scott Fitts, 40, the police chief of Grant Park for 14 years, was
arrested outside his home in Manteno and arraigned in federal court in
Springfield on 10 counts of wire fraud, making false statements to
federal investigators, income-tax evasion and illegal structuring of
financial transactions, said U.S. Atty. Rodger Heaton, who oversees
the Central District of Illinois.

Fitts faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He was released on
bond after agreeing to an indefinite leave of absence from any
law-enforcement position until his trial in August. Fitts' attorney
Thomas Durkin said his client "has been a respected member of law
enforcement for many years" and will plead not guilty.

The scheme allegedly was hatched in November 2005, when Fitts arrested
a woman in Chicago identified only as Brooke on prostitution charges
while he was moonlighting as a special agent for the U.S. Department
of Labor, according to the indictment. Fitts told Brooke that she
could "work off her case" if she helped him with a sting operation in
Manteno, Heaton said.

Brooke advertised her services online and, over time, lured nearly 100
men to a Manteno motel, where they expected to pay her $300 an hour
for sex, according to the indictment. Instead, while the would-be
customer was showering, members of the Grant Park or Manteno Police
Departments would burst into the room and arrest him.

The men typically paid a $3,500 "fine" and let Fitts keep whatever
cash they had at the time, according to the indictment. Fitts
allegedly collected $400,720 over seven months, diverting $224,760 for
his own use and paying $38,240 to Brooke.

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Anne, indigoace at aol period com

i knew online prostitution would happen eventually. i just knew it.