NJ escort service owner laundered millions

The News Leader

June 13, 2010 10:30:13 AM PDT
The operator of a northern New Jersey-based escort service has admitted laundering more than $3 million per year.

Hudson County prosecutors say 44-year-old Joseph Ruis of Jersey City made the money through the prostitution ring and by sometimes providing illegal drugs to clients. He faces up to seven years in prison when he's sentenced Sept. 17.

Prosecutors say authorities seized several hundred thousand dollars from bank accounts associated with the World Class Party Girls service, which charged customers rates ranging from $500 to $3,500 per hour.

Investigators found credit card bills as high as $20,000 for one session when more than one prostitute and cocaine was involved. And they say some customers had tabs as high as $100,000.

Ruis remains free on $500,000 bail.


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