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Flushing, NY man sentenced for conspiracy related to interstate prostitution business

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that LiangLiang Guo, 32, of Flushing, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to use interstate facilities to promote prostitution and to transport individuals in interstate commerce with intent that such individuals would engage in prostitution, was sentenced to serve six months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J Vilardo.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth R. Moellering, who handled the case, stated that the defendant, and co-defendants Feng Yang Chen and Chengqi Li, were part of a multi-state prostitution business that sent female victims to cities and states across the Eastern United States to engage in commercial sex acts. As part of that business, Chen and Li posted advertisements on Backpage.com to set up meetings between clients and prostitutes in Tonawanda, NY and other cities and states. Guo acted as a driver for the prostitution business, driving the females to hotels where they would engage in commercial sex acts. Guo also collected the proceeds of the illicit prostitution business and provided them to Chen.
Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly; the Tonawanda Police Department, under the direction of Chief Jerome C. Uschold III; the New York Police Department, under the direction of Chief James P. O’Neill; the South Portland, Maine Police Department, under the direction of Chief Edward Googins; and  the Fairview Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Jason C. Loper.