- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Money laundering and identity theft were added yesterday to the charges against eight Montgomery County residents accused of smuggling illegal aliens into the county to work in a prostitution ring.

A federal grand jury in November indicted seven persons on charges that they transported illegal aliens into Maryland to work as prostitutes during the week and arranged for them to travel back to their homes in New York and New Jersey on the weekends.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland said the grand jury charged one more person and added three counts of money laundering for the purchase of vehicles to transport the women and property using sex ring money.

One suspect also was charged with using a false name and Social Security number to lease an apartment that was used as a brothel.

The prostitution ring generated more than $1 million in proceeds, court documents say.

“The investigation continues,” said Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

The indictment names Elsy Aparicio, 43, Eliazor Gonzalez Aparicio, 29, Dorinalda Aparicio, 34, and their mother, Olinda Aparicio, 64, all of Gaithersburg; Jair Francis, 32, of Wheaton; Rigo Diaz, 31, of Gaithersburg; and Manuel Jandres, 38, of Germantown.

Mr. Jandres’ wife, Rosibel Aparicio Jandres, 44, of Germantown, also was charged yesterday for her role in the group, which operated from February 2004 to July 2005.

Officials said the suspects purchased and rented apartments and houses in Wheaton, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Hyattsville to use as brothels. Documents indicate the Aparicios paid Mr. Francis to provide them with information regarding law-enforcement inquiries into their prostitution business.

The new indictment says Elsy Aparicio and Mr. Diaz purchased properties with the sex ring money, and that Mr. and Mrs. Jandres sold one home to cover up the source of the funds.

Mrs. Jandres was charged with one count and Elsy Aparicio, Mr. Diaz and Mr. Jandres with two counts each of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering for attempting to conceal the source of the prostitution ring money by using it to purchase vehicles to transport the women, most of them illegal aliens.

The new indictment also charges Mr. Francis with using fake names to rent properties, and in at least one instance using an uninvolved woman’s name and Social Security number without permission to lease a Wheaton apartment for use as a brothel.

Elsy Aparicio and Olinda Aparicio are under 24-hour electronic home monitoring; Mr. Jandres is on electronic home monitoring with work release; and Eliazor Gonzales Aparicio and Dorinalda Aparicio are in federal custody.

Mr. Francis and Mr. Diaz were released under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services.

Mrs. Jandres, who had not been arrested as of yesterday evening, is expected to appear before a magistrate judge either today or later this week.

The group’s trial date is set for Dec. 4.

The women brought to the area are not charged in the indictment.

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