Headlines for San Antonio this week included a 20-year-old woman from San Antonio plead guilty Wednesday for enticing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution and the owner of the HipDingo clothing and fashion stores was among those charged Tuesday with fraud.
In the first story, Amber Doak pleaded guilty of taking pictures with her co-defendant Marcus Deshawn Wright, 38, of the victim to advertise for “escort” services in a local website last August.
According to U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman and San Antonio FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse, Doak, Wright and Malcom Deandre Copeland, 21, transported the minor to “multiple locations to engage in commercial sex.”
“Doak, who remains in federal custody, faces between 10 years and life in federal prison when she is sentenced by Judge Biery on September 12, 2014,” Pitman said.
“Copeland and Wright, who are also in federal custody, are set for jury selection and trial on April 7, 2014, before Judge Biery on the sex trafficking of children charge,” added Rouse.
In other San Antonio news Lea Ann Blystone, 46, of Boerne, and six others face federal crime charges “in connection with an estimated $1.6 million wire fraud scheme,” Pitman announced.
Blystone, is the owner and managing partner of San Antonio, Boerne and Fredericksburg fashion stores called HipDingo. She is also the past marketing director of Rinco of Texas and Rockin’ J Ranch, land development companies.
Blystone’s ex-husband, Michael J. Webb, 49 of San Antonio was also charged.
According to Rouse, others charged include “48-year-old Rockin’ J contractor Karen Lindsay of Boerne; 56-year-old Boerne resident and Rockin’ J contractor Cheryl E. Hartsfield; 47-year-old Boerne resident and Rockin’ J contractor Roy E. Pokrant, Jr.; 47-year-old Boerne resident and Rockin’ J contractor Thomas J. Worsham; and 47-year-old Rinco employee and HipDingo co-owner Manson Porter of Boerne.”
A March 5, 2014 indictment charged “Blystone with eight counts of wire fraud, 12 counts of forged endorsements, and two counts of witness tampering,” Pitman explained. “Porter is charged with three counts of wire fraud and two counts of witness tampering. Each of the remaining defendants is charged with three counts of wire fraud.”
“As marketing director for Rinco and Rockin’ J, Blystone coordinated staffing and vendor payments for promotional booths or display space at shows, malls, and sporting and other events,” said Pitman. “Blystone caused Rinco and Rockin’ J to make checks payable based on numerous fraudulent third-party contractor invoices submitted which greatly overstated the actual operating costs of the promotional booths.”
“Blystone allegedly forged the names of payees on the back of Rinco and Rockin’ J checks and deposited the proceeds into a bank account under her control,” charges Pitman. “Blystone also caused one or more of her fraudulently paid co-defendants to give her a portion of their illegally derived proceeds. The indictment further alleges that Blystone used money derived from her scheme for inventory acquisition and payroll at HipDingo.”
A demand for asset forfeiture has been asked for by the government to confiscate “four real estate properties located in Boerne; all inventory, assets, bank accounts, and equipment owned, held, or maintained by HipDingo, LLC., Blystone, and Porter; and four vehicles.”
Pitman said they are “also seeking a monetary judgment in this case in the amount of $1,597,708 representing the amount of proceeds traceable to the above mentioned scheme.”