- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A central New Jersey woman who ran a prostitution ring that netted millions of dollars in profits is now headed to state prison.

Middlesex County prosecutors say 44-year-old Deanna Ruiz, of Edison, received a 10-year sentence on Monday. She had pleaded guilty last month to racketeering charges.

Ruiz was among six adults and one juvenile who were accused of roles in the ring.

Prosecutors say Ruiz ran an online prostitution service that drew clients to motels in central Jersey, collecting millions of dollars over a 15-year-period. She also created several sham companies and utilized them to launder the proceeds of her illegal activities, and used the companies to commit tax and unemployment fraud.

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