It was a viral story last year that now has landed this young lady in prison for a stretch.

US Justice Dept. release:

Acting United States Attorney Nicholas W. Chase announced that U.S. District Court Chief Judge Peter D. Welte sentenced Harleigh Josette Haugen, age 20, Fargo, ND, to 45 months in federal prison for Conspiracy to Commit Robbery and Robbery. Chief Judge Welte also sentenced Haugen to 3 years supervised release and a $100.00 Special Assessment.

Let's quickly go back to my story from 2020. Here's what went down:

It was a pretty ambitious plot on paper. You go to sketchy online sites and post advertisements promoting prostitution to sketchy online individuals, I'll refer to these individuals as "The John". The John then responds to the advertisement and arranges a meet-up location.  One of the alleged masterminds of the scheme, I'll call her "Harley", meets up with The John and first gets the money before they get frisky.

Here's where the happy date turns into a dud for the John. It seems Harley has a bunch of alleged co-conspirators that jump out of the closet with dangerous weapons and proceed to rob the "commercial sex customer" using threats of violence.  If that didn't work, they allegedly substituted actual physical violence.

So now what's the John to do after getting caught without his pants down? What's he gonna do call the cops?  Well, the police are here to serve and protect- even the pervs.  Plus, I'm sure they enjoyed investigating these cases as much as I liked reading about them.  I don't have the exact number of times this scheme was actually hatched.

This issued Monday, November 2nd, from United States Attorney General Drew Wrigley, does mention "customers" along with this timeline-

   United States Attorney Drew Wrigley announced that a federal grand jury has indicted Harleigh Josett Haugen, age 20 and Jordan Daniel Kraft, age 21, both of Fargo, ND, for Conspiracy to commit Robbery and Robbery. The Indictment alleges that from May and continuing through June 2019, Haugen and Kraft conspired with a group of young males and females to rob customers of commercial sex.

May through June? They must have gotten away with it for a few Johns before "tricking" the wrong one. How about co-conspirators?  You betcha!  Innocent until otherwise proven of course.

Several of Haugen and Kraft’s co-defendants have also been indicted in North Dakota and are awaiting trial:

So how did that work for them? Let's jump to November, 2021!

Here's the sentencing for the rest of Hailee's crew...

• JORDAN DANIEL KRAFT, age 21, Fargo, ND: Plead guilty to One Count Conspiracy to Commit Robbery and Robbery, pending sentencing.

• SHELTON LEE MOSEBY, IV, age 19, Fargo, ND: Plead guilty to One Count of Interfere with Commerce by Threats and Violence – Hobbs Act Robbery, sentenced to 51 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years supervised release.

• TEAJAHA SHANETTE LAYSHA GRANDER, age 24, Fargo, ND: Plead guilty to One Count of Interfere with Commerce by Threats and Violence – Hobbs Act Robbery, sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years supervised release.

• TATYANNA DESHUAN GRANDER, age 21, Fargo, ND: Plead guilty to One Count of Interfere with Commerce by Threats and Violence – Hobbs Act Robbery, sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years supervised release.

• TEON TYRIK BERRY, age 19, Fargo, ND: Plead guilty to One Count of Interfere with Commerce by Threats and Violence – Hobbs Act Robbery, sentenced to 57 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years supervised release.

• ZACHARY RONZELL MITCHELL, age 19, Fargo, ND: Plead guilty to One Count of Interfere with Commerce by Threats and Violence – Hobbs Act Robbery, pending sentencing.

• JACOBY RASHAWN LEE, age 19, Fargo, ND: Plead guilty to One Count of Interference with Commerce by Threats or Violence—Hobbs Act Robbery, sentenced to 84 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years supervised release..

This case was investigated by the Fargo Police Department and the Homeland Security Investigation and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s office, with Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Puhl assigned to the case.

 

 

So "Interference in Commerce" is getting between a prostitute and her John?

I'll be danged.


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