Thursday, May 29, 2008
A Ukrainian citizen arrested in Westport on charges of running brothels was sentenced by a federal judge in Bridgeport today to more than five years in prison.
Senior U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas also ordered Aleksander Dubogryzov, 45, to forfeit more than $100,000 in cash that authorities seized during the investigation and another $200,000 from the future sale of property he owns in Ellenville, N.Y.
Dubogryzov will be subject to deportation to the Ukraine after serving his 67-month prison sentence. He lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., before his arrest in Westport in 2006. (See WestportNow Sept.. 21, 2006)
A jury convicted him last September of conspiracy to transport for immoral purposes, transporting for immoral purposes and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Authorities say Dubogryzov and two co-defendants arranged daily to have women, mostly from eastern Europe, transported to his brothels in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.
At the time of his arrest, authorities said Dubogryzov, along with the others, operated brothels or houses of prostitution in Norwalk, Stamford, and Stratford as well as Morristown, N.J., Dover, N.J., North Burnswick, N.J., Nanuet, N.Y., and Spring Valley, N.Y.
While court documents did not state where Dubogryzov was arrested in Westport, a police source said he was picked up at a car dealership.
Prosecutors said Dubogryzov advertised the brothels as “spas,” “massage parlors” or “holistic health centers” on the Internet and in the adult sections of several newspapers.
He solicited women to work at the various brothels by word of mouth or by advertising in a Russian language newspaper. On a daily basis, Dubogryzov arranged to have the women, most of whom were from Eastern Europe, transported to the various brothels, according to prosecutors.
The investigation revealed that cameras had been installed in smoke detectors in ceilings located at the Stratford and Norwalk locations, according to court documents.
Investigators said they were in possession of videotapes depicting acts of prostitution that were seized from Dubogryzov’s home.
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