Monday, November 21, 2005

Seventh indicted in prostitution ring

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005
by C. Benjamin Ford
Staff Writer

A seventh suspect was arrested today after a federal grand jury indicted them for bringing illegal immigrants from New York and New Jersey to work as prostitutes in Montgomery County.

Rigo Diaz, 30, of Gaithersburg, was the seventh person charged as part of a Montgomery County prostitution ring.

Police arrested six others on Wednesday in Montgomery County. All seven were being held pending initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt today.

The seven arranged for vans to pick up the prostitutes at their homes, usually on Monday mornings, in New Jersey and New York, drive them to Montgomery County to work during the week and returned them to their homes on Sunday nights.

Charged earlier were Elsy Aparicio, 43, Eliazor Gonzalez Aparicio, 29, Dorinalda Aparicio, 34, and their mother, Olinda Aparicio, 64, all of Gaithersburg; Jair Francis, 32, of Wheaton; and Manuel Jandres, 38, of Germantown.

The indictment charged them with two counts each:

— Conspiring to transport individuals in interstate commerce with the intent to engage in prostitution and sexual activity.

— Concealing and harboring illegal aliens.

If convicted, the suspects could face a maximum five-year prison sentence on the conspiracy count and 10 years on harboring.

According to the indictment, the suspects rented apartments and purchased homes where prostitutes met clients:

The indictment listed the brothels as being at:
— 2217 Shorefield Court, Apartment 513, Wheaton
— 444 North Summit Ave., Apartment 202, Gaithersburg
— 56 West Deer Park Road, Apartment T-3, Gaithersburg
— 8266 New Hampshire Ave., Hyattsville
— 18 Whetstone Drive, Apartment 1, Gaithersburg
— 488 West Deer Park Road, Gaithersburg
— 19325 Frederick Road, Germantown
— 17720 Towne Crest Drive, Apartment 103, Gaithersburg
— 8 Whetstone Drive, Apartment 4, Gaithersburg


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