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Lakewood man pleads guilty to prostitution conspiracy charges

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NEWARK, N.J. — A Lakewood man confessed to conspiring to transport women across state lines for prostitution in New Jersey, and other states, before a U.S. district judge on Tuesday, prosecutors said.

According to case documents and statements made in court, from February 2009 through June 2010, 36-year-old James Roy Smith conspired to run a prostitution business in states across the country, including New Jersey, New Mexico, Nebraska and Pennsylvania.

Smith admitted to conspiring to transport six women from New Jersey to work as prostitutes in Pennsylvania in June 2010, said U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

He planned to take the women across state lines either by plane or a Cadillac Escalade registered under his uncle’s name, Fishman said.  Smith also planned to place escort service advertisements on Craigslist and to attract customers, Fishman said.

Smith could face up to 10 years in prison for engaging in prostitution as well as an additional five years for conspiring to run a prostitution business. He may also be asked to pay a fine of $250,000 on both offenses.

His sentencing is scheduled for April 29.

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