Mingo residents must wonder if they're living in a zoo.laborate telephone switching equipment and out-of-town check cashing and credit card processing centers make it possible for Washington's homosexual escort services to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars annually from clients.
Professional Services Inc., the dry name that appears on customers' American Express, Visa and Master Card bills when they charge their sexual liaisons with male prostitutes, is a cover for half a dozen different call services linked in a gigantic regional sex-for-hire network, according to an investigation by The Washington Times.
Besides helping to arrange "special" rooms for clients, these hotel employees also help to expedite guest requests for male and female sex.
The upscale Northwest Washington residence that served as a switchboard center for dispatching male prostitutes to local hotels, clients' homes and other meeting places was raided Feb.
28 by federal and local police authorities investigating interstate prostitution and credit card fraud.
Photo, This house, at 6004 34th Place NW in Washington, was the switchboard center for a male-prostitution ring until it was raided Feb. Among the clients identified in hundreds of credit-card vouchers obtained by The Washington Times - and identified by male prostitutes and escort operators - are government officials, locally based U. military officers, businessmen, lawyers, bankers, congressional aides, media representatives and other professionals. He contacted The Washington Times yesterday in response to a telefaxed message but hung up when queried about his activities. One man described having a limousine sent to his home by Mr.
One man who was on the tour but asked not to be named for fear it would damage his business said it was cleared by a uniformed Secret Service guard whom the man had seen attending Mr. "For once in his life, Craig was doing something nice. Spence and being brought to a gathering at which several young men tried to become friendly with him.
Va., a coal miner's son accused of setting up the homosexual escort service, was arraigned in U. District Court here yesterday afternoon after turning himself in to Secret Service agents . Spence was found dead in a Boston hotel room last fall, and authorities ruled his death a suicide . Vinson vowed that he'd never be convicted, because he said his "call boy" service had been utilized by officials of the Moore administration in Charleston and by officials of the Reagan-Bush White House in Washington. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, was indicted on federal wiretap charges in his messy divorce, but was found innocent.
Spence, a Washington lobbyist and party-giver who, the paper said, took friends and prostitutes on late-night tours of the White House. To date, however, investigators have disclosed no evidence linking any high-level government official to the escort service.
These accounts were usually in the names of the escort operators - principally Henry W.
Vinson, a 28-year-old owner-dispatcher for the services, and Jimmy Mako, 27, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge stemming from the February police raid on the switchboard headquarters, 6004 34th Place NW.
Chambers used his family's funeral business to set up Professional Services' "sub-merchant" account with a Sovran Bank branch in Silver Spring.
Credit card charges and checks were deposited in the Sovran account, while cash paid for escort services usually was deposited at other area banks, including Riggs, National Bank of Washington and First American.
Ex-Sheriff Chafin, a mortuary owner, was appointed coroner by Mingo County's commissioners - but state rules require that coroners be physicians, so he couldn't take the post.