JASON ITZLER INDICTED FOR PROMOTING PROSTITUTION THROUGH “ROCKSTAR MODELS & PARTYGIRLS” ESCORT AGENCY

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of JASON ITZLER, 44, for promoting prostitution and selling illegal drugs through an escort agency he operated called “Rockstar Models & Partygirls.” ITZLER is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Promoting Prostitution in the Third Degree, and Money Laundering in the Third and Fourth Degrees.[1]

“The defendant’s business promoted nothing but criminal activity - prostitution and illegal drugs,” District Attorney Vance said. “My Office and its Crime Strategies Unit—which is focused on learning crime trends and ‘hotspots’ in each neighborhood in Manhattan—were able to shut down the defendant’s illegal activities within only a few weeks of the escort agency’s start-up.”

According to documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court, ITZLER advertised his agency’s prostitution services on the Internet, charging several thousand dollars per hour. On July 25, 2011, ITZLER ordered a prostituted woman to meet a customer at a hotel in midtown Manhattan for three days. ITZLER received $19,500 from the customer for her services. During that time, ITZLER visited the hotel room on two separate occasions and sold cocaine to the customer for $4,700. ITZLER is also charged with money laundering for conducting financial transactions with the customer’s checks.

Assistant District Attorney Eugene Hurley is prosecuting this case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Warren Murray, Chief of Trial Bureau 50, and Executive Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, Chief of the Trial Division. Crime Strategies Unit Assistant District Attorney Reynaldo Cabrera assisted with the investigation.

Defendant Information:

JASON ITZLER, D.O.B. 2/23/1967
New York, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 2 counts
• Promoting Prostitution in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
• Money Laundering in the Third Degree - Promoting Criminal Conduct, a class D felony, 1 count
• Money Laundering in the Third Degree - Concealing Proceeds, a class D felony, 1 count
• Money Laundering in the Fourth Degree - Promoting Criminal Conduct, a class E felony, 3 counts
• Money Laundering in the Fourth Degree - Concealing Proceeds, a class E felony, 3 counts

A class B felony is punishable by up to 25 years in prison, a class D felony is punishable by up to 7 years in prison, and a class E felony is punishable by up to 4 years in prison.

[1]The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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