Professional Services Inc., the dry name that appears on customers' American Express, Visa and Master Card bills when they charge their sexual liaisons with male prostitutes, is a cover for half a dozen different call services linked in a gigantic regional sex-for-hire network, according to an investigation by The Washington Times.
The upscale Northwest Washington residence that served as a switchboard center for dispatching male prostitutes to local hotels, clients' homes and other meeting places was raided Feb.
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Sovran canceled Professional Services' account after the comptroller of Chambers Funeral Home discovered the secret sex-for-hire card processing scheme. Chambers now funnels charge slips through another licensed credit card processing company, Executive Services, in Suitland. The Americans do it, and many other countries as well. Next the commissioners gave the job to (She had been under investigation in Kentucky for suspected overbilling, but she married the overbilling investigator and gave him $ 42,500. Ex-Sheriff Chafin, a mortuary owner, was appointed coroner by Mingo County's commissioners - but state rules require that coroners be physicians, so he couldn't take the post.But credit card vouchers obtained by The Times reveal many instances of apparent double billing and what appear to be forged signatures.As one law enforcement official explained, customers of such services are highly unlikely to call up credit card companies to complain that they had only one 0 session - not two - with one of Professional Services' prostitutes. Attorney Jay] Stephens said the investigation into the alleged prostitution ring "is concluded" and that the indictment, which was unsealed yesterday, focused on those who allegedly set up the ring rather than on clients who reportedly patronized it. The Vinson case provoked additional notice after The Washington Times published reports last summer suggesting that the alleged prostitution ring had been patronized by government officials.