Omaha Woman Sentenced for Prostitution and Money Laundering Conspiracy
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 11, 2013|
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Tammy Schuck was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Laurie Smith Camp to 33 months’ imprisonment. Ms. Schuck was also ordered to pay a forfeiture judgment of $235,213.88, representing proceeds and facilitating property of the offenses. Ms. Schuck will also be placed on five years of supervised release following her release from incarceration.
Ms. Schuck pled guilty to conspiracy to promote a prostitution enterprise and to induce interstate travel to engage in prostitution; inducing or attempting to induce interstate travel to engage in prostitution; and a conspiracy to launder money. She also admitted a forfeiture allegation.
Starting in approximately April 2008 and continuing to in or about January 2012, Ms. Schuck operated three “spas” in Omaha, Nebraska. Each of the spas was, in fact, a front for prostitution. The majority of customers received sex acts from workers, rather than legitimate spa services, in exchange for money. Ms. Schuck and other workers had “sessions” with customers during which they provided sex acts in exchange for money. Some customers traveled to the spas from Iowa and from other states to obtain sex acts for money. Customers paid a “door fee” depending on the length of the session and negotiated a separate “tip” with the workers for the sex act.
Ms. Schuck placed advertisements for the spas on the Internet. Ms. Schuck also helped create a website for the spas accessible over the Internet and periodically updated the website. Established customers could access a “Members Only” section of the website to read about the female workers providing services and view provocative pictures of them.
During the time when Ms. Schuck owned and managed the spas, there were an overall total of more than 20 workers providing commercial sex acts.
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg stated, “This defendant and her conspirators victimized dozens of women over a number of years. The United States Attorney’s Office, in cooperation with State and federal agencies, will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases of human trafficking in all its forms.”
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Omaha Police Department, and the Internal Revenue Service, under the auspices of the Child Exploitation Task Force, which also includes the Council Bluffs Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the La Vista Police Department, the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nebraska State Patrol.