Federal prosecutors were ordered Friday to turn over a so-called “black book” computer disc containing more than 30,000 names allegedly linked to a Florida-based prostitution ring that operated in Chicago and other cities.
In Detroit, U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow Friday granted a defense lawyer’s request for the disc but said the contents cannot be copied, printed or shared with anyone besides the lawyer’s client, Greg Carr.
Carr, who was also known as Paul Cutlass, has been charged with conspiring to run a prostitution ring. Prosecutors say his company, Miami Companions, spent a decade arranging high-priced trysts in many large U.S. cities, along with Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica.
The company rented exotic beach houses, where clients exchanged money for sex, and sent women to Chicago, Boston and the Detroit area.
Carr’s ex-wife, Laurie, pleaded guilty to prostitution charges in October and allegedly worked as the madam for the operation, which charged $500 and more per hour for sex.
According to court records, at its peak, Miami Connections booked 100 appointments per day raking in millions for the Carrs.
Court records examined by the Detroit Free Press say Laurie Carr in an e-mail named as one client a lobbyist for the Chicago-based National Association of Realtors, who arranged for Laurie Carr to attend one of President George W. Bush’s State of the Union addresses.
Lucien Salvant, a spokesman for the NAR, told the Free Press that the lobbyist was friends with the Carrs and did arrange for Laurie Carr to attend the address. But he declined to comment on whether the lobbyist used the escort service.
“We’ve talked to him about it. It didn’t come up, and I won’t ask him about it because that’s his private life,” Salvant told the paper.
AP, withGannett News Service