Woman to plead in prostitution racketeering case

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – A Wichita woman accused of running an escort service as a front for prostitution has told a federal judge she wants to change her plea.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Tuesday set an Oct. 8 change-of-plea hearing for 60-year-old Saundra J. Lacy at federal court in Wichita.

Prosecutors used a federal racketeering law to indict Lacy in June on 27 counts of racketeering in promotion of prostitution.

Her business, Jessie’s Primetime Entertainment, had hired at least 20 women as escorts. The indictment alleges Lacy required escorts to carry condoms and to engage in sex at the customer’s request.

Prosecutors said the escorts typically charged $160 for a half hour and $185 for an hour. Escorts accepted credit cards and offered customers discount coupons.

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