Indictment: Wichita Woman’s Business was Front for Prostitution
WICHITA, KS—A federal indictment unsealed here today alleges a Wichita woman ran a prostitution business with as many as 20 escorts who accepted credit cards and offered discount coupons to loyal customers, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Saundra J. Lacy, 60, Wichita, Kan., is charged with 27 counts of racketeering in promotion of prostitution. The indictment alleges Lacy operated an escort service called Jessie’s Primetime Entertainment at 304 S. Laura.
Lacy, whose business was licensed by the City of Wichita as an escort service, required escorts to carry condoms and to engage in sexual acts if a customer requested. She typically charged customers $160 for half an hour with an escort and $185 for an hour. She typically paid an escort $75 to $85 for a half hour date and $90 to $100 for an hour. Escorts who had a current escort license from the City of Wichita were paid more than those who had no license.
She also distributed discount coupons to escorts that entitled customers to a $10 discount at their next date and kept track of the serial numbers on the coupons in a coupon book.
She accepted payment for escorts’ services by cash, credit card and, occasionally, by check. She accepted MasterCard, Visa and Discover Card. Charges would appear as “massage therapy” provided by “Prime Time.” Credit card deposits into the Prime Time Account at Bank of America totaled approximately $39,189 in 2009, $25,601 in 2010, $40,851 in 2011 and $32,770 from Jan. 1, 2012 to Aug. 27, 2012.
If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The FBI and the Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.