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United States v. Singh

518 F.3d 236 (2008)

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United States v. Singh

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

518 F.3d 236 (2008)

Facts

Susan Powell ran the Gold Club (the club), a prostitution ring, at a motel called the Economy Inn. Powell arranged with the motel’s owner, Surendra Singh (defendant), to rent rooms for the prostitutes at discounted rates. Under this arrangement, a prostitute was required to pay Singh for her room using the earnings from her first customer of the day. Some time later, Powell moved the club’s operations to the Scottish Inn, a motel owned by Jalaram, Inc. (Jalaram) (defendant), and set up the same arrangement with the manager, Dilipkumar Patel (defendant). The club operated at the Scottish Inn for about six months. During this time, Jalaram received about $700 from the club’s operations, although Patel appears to have kept a large portion of the prostitutes’ room payments for himself. Powell eventually moved the club’s operations back to the Economy Inn, where they remained until police raided the motel. A jury convicted Singh, Patel, and Jalaram of money-laundering conspiracy, money laundering, conspiracy to violate the Mann Act, and violations of the Mann Act. The district court subsequently vacated the convictions, entered judgments of acquittal as to the money-laundering conspiracy and money-laundering counts, and awarded Jalaram a new trial. The district court’s order was appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (King, J.)

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