February 24, 2024

Movie Producer Sentenced For Conspiring To Operate A Prostitution Business

Movie Producer Sentenced For Conspiring To Operate A Prostitution Business

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that DILLON JORDAN, a/k/a “Daniel Jordan,” a/k/a “Daniel Maurice Hatton,” a/k/a “Daniel Bohler,” was sentenced today to five years in prison in connection with operating a prostitution business with national and international reach from 2010 through 2017.  JORDAN pled guilty to conspiracy to violate the Mann Act on September 1, 2022, before U.S. District Judge John P. Cronan.  Judge Cronan imposed today’s sentence.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “For years, the defendant operated and profited from an extensive prostitution business that catered to wealthy men and was predicated on the exploitation of young women.  This Office is committed to prosecuting the perpetrators of sex crimes, especially those who use physical and emotional abuse to make a profit.”

According to the allegations in the Indictment and statements made in Court:

From in or about 2010 through at least in or about May 2017, JORDAN operated a prostitution business throughout the United States and abroad.  JORDAN maintained a roster of women who resided around the United States and who, in exchange for payment, performed sexual acts for JORDAN’s clients at locations throughout the United States, including the Southern District of New York, and abroad.  JORDAN communicated with the clients of his prostitution business by email to coordinate the prostitution services, which included sending to clients photos of women who were available for hire for prostitution services, discussing the price of prostitution services, and overseeing travel logistics for women to travel to engage in prostitution.  At times, JORDAN himself arranged the interstate travel for the women to engage in prostitution, and at other times, clients, at JORDAN’s direction, arranged the interstate travel for the women whom JORDAN directed to those clients.  To facilitate his prostitution business, JORDAN also coordinated with a United Kingdom-based madam by sharing and referring customers and prostitutes.

JORDAN personally recruited women to work for him to engage in prostitution. JORDAN emotionally and sexually abused at least some of the women who engaged in paid sex work at his direction or whom he sought to recruit to engage in prostitution on his behalf.  Prior to operating the prostitution business that is the basis of this conviction, JORDAN was in prison in Cuba for eight years for sex crimes.  JORDAN began operating the prostitution business that is the basis of this conviction immediately upon his return to the United States from Cuban prison in 2010.  

JORDAN primarily managed the finances of the prostitution business through two front companies – a purported party and event planning company and a movie production company – incorporated in California.  JORDAN opened multiple bank accounts for these companies, which he used to accept cash, wire, and check payments for prostitution services from clients and to pay for the expenses of the prostitution business, including paying the women for their prostitution services by cash and check.  By using the two front companies to receive deposits from the prostitution business, JORDAN ensured that transactions involving those proceeds from the prostitution business would disguise the nature, source, and origin of those proceeds.   

In imposing today’s sentence, Judge Cronan emphasized that JORDAN’s “whole business was based on the exploitation of women… Each of whom has endured permanent physical and emotional scars… I may have well gone beyond five years, if I had the authority to do so.”

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In addition to the prison term, JORDAN, 50, of Lake Arrowhead, California, was sentenced to three years of supervised release.  JORDAN was further ordered to pay a forfeiture of $1,429,717.

Mr. Williams praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

This case is being handled by the Office’s Money Laundering and Transnational Criminal Enterprises Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cecilia E. Vogel is in charge of the prosecution.

Originally published at https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/newyork/news/movie-producer-sentenced-for-conspiring-to-operate-a-prostitution-business