New Orleans man sentenced to 300 months in prison for role in nationwide sex trafficking enterprise that involved incapacitating and robbing victims | USAO-EDLA

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NEW ORLEANS – US Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that RANDY JONAL SCHENCK (aka RuRu, aka “Shaq”), 41, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana and Downey, California, was sentenced on October 6, 2022 by U.S. District Judge Barry W. Ashe after previously pleading guilty to counts 1 and 7 of a indictment pending, charging him with interstate transportation and use of an interstate facility with intent to conduct an unlawful activity, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1952(a) (3) (Count 1), and wire fraud, violating Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1343 and 2 (Count 7). Judge Ashe sentenced SCHENCK to 60 months in prison for count 1 and 240 months for count 7, to run consecutively, for a combined total of 300 months in prison. Judge Ashe ordered the sentence to be consecutive to the sentences given to Schenck in two previous proceedings in Fulton County, Georgia, and Cobb County, Georgia. Judge Ashe ordered SCHENCK to serve three years supervised release after the end of his prison term and pay a mandatory special assessment fee of $200. SCHENCK is also the subject of a restitution order following a hearing scheduled for December 29, 2022, at 1:30 p.m.

According to court documents, SCHENCK met Dominique Berry in New Orleans around early 2013 and quickly developed a romantic relationship. Shortly after, SCHENCK encouraged Berry to engage in commercial sex (that’s to sayprostitution) with individuals in the New Orleans, Louisiana area and became involved in planning, coordinating and facilitating Berry’s commercial sex acts. SCHENCK usually retained all or most of the proceeds of commercial sex acts.

From approximately March 2014 until September 2017, SCHENCK and Berry traveled nationwide to engage in their prostitution business, including California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, and Georgia. As part of the business, Berry regularly engaged in commercial sex acts on several days of almost every week between March 2014 and approximately September 2017. SCHENCK and Berry posted numerous advertisements containing photographs of Berry on several online classified ad service websites and location-specific social media apps, inviting interested persons to contact Berry to schedule sexual interactions, many of which were explicitly commercial.

From around 2015, the prostitution business evolved to include a fraud scheme, whereby SCHENCK led Berry to arrange “on-call” interactions at the residences of men who met her through online messages. While at these residences, Berry placed substances in the men’s drinks in an attempt to “spike” their drinks and render them unconscious. Berry then took valuables from the incapacitated men, including jewelry, firearms, electronics, cash, and debit and credit cards. SCHENCK and Berry has used the items, without the knowledge or permission of the persons to whom the items belonged, for their benefit and those associated with them. SCHENCK and Berry has implemented the program several times in the United States.

In sentencing SCHENCK, Judge Ashe found that he used force, threats of force, fraud and coercion to initially recruit Berry to work for him and to keep her compliant and under his control. In addition, the Court heard substantial evidence of numerous acts of violence that SCHENCK committed against Berry and members of her family, as well as threats to commit further acts of violence in the future, particularly after she attempted to leave his control or otherwise disobeyed his instructions. At least one of the cases resulted in Berry’s hospitalization.

As part of the scheme, around February 24, 2017, Berry met SA, a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, through a social media app. After exchanging text messages and phone calls, Berry and SA agreed to meet at SA’s apartment. SCHENCK dropped the bay at SA’s apartment. While at SA’s apartment, Berry, under the direction of SCHENCK provided SA with various substances, including alcohol, to loosen SA’s inhibitions and make him more vulnerable to theft. After SA was incapacitated, Berry stole SA’s personal property, including a debit card. SCHENCK picked up Berry around 1 a.m., then used SA’s debit card later that day, without SA’s authorization, to make a purchase at a Walmart Supercenter in New Orleans. Law enforcement authorities performed a health check at SA’s apartment the following day and found SA deceased.

U.S. Attorney Evans commended the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter and expressed his gratitude for the support provided by many law enforcement agencies and private entities involved in the investigation, including Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Tucson, Arizona Police Department, Salt River, Arizona Police Department, Cobb County Police Department ( Georgia), Sandy Springs Police Department (Georgia), Sacramento Police Department (California), and Talking Stick Casino (Arizona). Assistant United States Attorneys Jordan Ginsberg, head of the Public Corruption Unit, and Melissa Bücher are in charge of the prosecution.

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