Whitestone woman pleads guilty in prostitution ring bust

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A Whitestone woman who headed a large-scale prostitution and drug ring has pleaded guilty to felony enterprise corruption charges, officials said.

Jay King, 53, was sentenced to three to nine years in state prison for her role in a money laundering operation that spanned the tri-state area, said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. She illegally sold sex, crack, cocaine and Viagra, authorities said.

“Today’s guilty plea and sentence are part of our ongoing effort to ensure that those who participate in lucrative prostitution-based money laundering and drug dealing are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Schneiderman said.

King, who was released on $1 million bail, will also have to pay $100,000 in fines.

A New Jersey woman who led a separate prostitution and drug ring also pleaded guilty to enterprise corruption charges, the attorney general said.

No Mi Kwon, 49, will be sentenced to three to nine years and have to pay $268,000.

The two generated millions of dollars selling sex and drugs, officials said.

Both pleas are the result of a 16-month joint agency investigation last November that led to the 180-count indictment of a Manhattan-based advertising corporation called Somad Enterprises, Inc.

Nineteen people, including 11 from Queens, were also indicted then.

 

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