TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Tampa woman has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for her role in a money laundering conspiracy linked to a sexually “child modeling” website.
Patrice Eileen Wilowski-Mevorah, 53, of Tampa, laundered more than $ 2 million for Newstar Enterprise, an internet-based company aimed at the “for-profit sexual exploitation” of children under the guise of “child modeling”. ‘children,’ according to the US District. Central Florida District Attorney’s Office.
Officials say Wilowski-Mevorah joined the company in 2009 and fraudulently opened bank accounts under a bogus jewelry company. She used the fake accounts for 10 years to hide criminal funds and transfer the profits to other members of the company.
In 2019, authorities executed several search warrants and simultaneously seized Newstar’s website servers in the United States and Europe before disabling them.
Court documents indicate that the “child modeling” website produced more than 4.6 million sexualized images and videos for distribution and sale, some of which, though not nude, showed minors engaging in sex. sexually explicit behavior.
In some cases, photos and videos sold on the website showed children as young as 6 years old in sexual and provocative poses, wearing police and cheerleader costumes, thong underwear, underwear. see-through clothes, revealing swimsuits, tights and miniskirts.
Most of the child victims were recruited from Ukraine, Moldova and other Eastern European countries, as they were particularly vulnerable due to their age, family dynamics and poverty.
Sales of “child modeling” content are said to have generated more than $ 9.4 million over the course of the plot.
Several other people in the company are awaiting trial for money laundering.
Wilowski-Mevorah was ordered to confiscate $ 236,410 and faces five years and three months behind bars.