|Alicyn Marie Allred, 24, was one of many arrested for the scam.|
|Club Exclusive II, the "reflexology clinic" at 3595 Polaris Ave in Las Vegas|
I was going to make more comments about this, but the more I read the report and looked at the photos, the more I realized that the arrest report and photos spoke for themselves. All I did was clean up some obvious mistakes. I also found more photos to "flesh it out" a bit.
|Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrest report|
The interactive encyclopedia Wikipedia provides a highly accurate definition of what a "clip joint" is. Although Wikipedia is not meant to be an authoritative resource to be relied on for solid fact, its definition of a "clip joint" is highly accurate. In this particular instance, (substitute strip joint or entertainment bar with "reflexology business" and watered-down drinks with "reflexology treatment");
A clip joint is an establishment, usually a strip club or entertainment bar, typically one claiming to offer adult entertainment, in which customers are tricked into paying money and receive poor goods or services, or none, in return. Typically, clip joints suggest the possibility of sex, charge excessively high prices for watered-down drinks, and then eject customers when they become unwilling or unable to spend more money.”
Club Exclusive II is licensed through Clark County Business Licensing for Book Sales, Admission Fees-Non Resort, Drugless Practitioner and Incidental Sales/Service operated by "Touched By Las Vegas, Inc." Club Excusive II is one hundred percent owned by James Buford. Touched By Las Vegas, Inc. is registered with the Nevada Secretary of State as a Domestic Corporation with James Buford as the only listed officer since 1/23/2007. The license of Drugless Practitioner refers to the practice of reflexology, or zone therapy, which involves the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion, by employees of the business.
|Mr. James Buford, 44, is the sole owner of the business|
LVMPO SIS Detectives learned through calls for service, crime reports, surveillance and undercover operations that Club Exclusive II's clientele are generally tourists who are impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. Tourists (i.e. victims) learn of the location through their taxi driver that tells them they can get sex for money from beautiful girls. When the taxis arrive at Club Excusive II, the victims are greeted by scantily clad (i.e. lingerie, tight short skirts, low cut tops, high heels, stocking, etc.) women at the door, one of which acts as the "hostess." The hostess gives a brief description of the services provided using ambiguous language insinuating some type of sexual gratification if the victim pays more money.
The victims are charged a "one-time fee for membership" to go back to a room with an "attendant" of their choice. The victim is also made to sign a "Patron Agreement" which describes what reflexology is, the amount of time purchased to enter the premises with the up front fee, and a "disclaimer" notifying the customer that prostitution is illegal. If the victim questions the prostitution portion of the agreement, the hostess will dismiss their question and lead the victim to believe that the language is only a formality and money spent will determine the services to be rendered, and are led to believe prostitution will occur. The fee generally starts at $200 per person.
|A Las Vegas Checker Cab. When the taxi driver drops off a victim, the driver receives a kickback in the range of $180, and then quickly leaves the business.|
The victim then goes into a private room with an "attendant", who is a scantily clad female. The attendant may or may not start rubbing the victims hands. The attendant will immediately start trying to up-sell the victim to go back into the 'VIP" area and get a "more private room." Upselling is a sales technique whereby a salesperson induces the customer to purchase more expensive items, upgrades or other add-ons in an attempt to make a more profitable sale. However, in this criminal conspiracy, the up-sell is used to scam even more money from the victim, without providing lawful or additional services.
The attendant will use ambiguous language such as, "in the VIP I can touch more places, particularly the 'lower extremities.’" For a fee starting around $500 the attendant will take the victim to another room on the property and may or may not massage the victim's hands and/or feet. If the victim protests and solicits prostitution, the attendant will try to get more money out of the victim and offer various payment options; cash, credit card or use the on-site ATM for more money. Victims are also told that they paid money for time in the room, not necessarily any other service.
If the victim refuses or is unable to pay any more, the attendant will leave and security will come in the room and instruct the victim they have to leave. Security at Club Exclusive II generally do not use weapons but are men of large stature, typically over six feet tall and weigh two hundred fifty pounds or more. If the victim continues to protest that they did not receive services paid for, security will directly or indirectly threaten physical violence and force the victims out of the business' back door where there is a taxi usually waiting to take the victim away. The taxi waiting for the victim is rarely the same taxi that brought the victim to the business. Since the victims are generally tourists, inebriated and embarrassed about the situation, many victims do not call the police because they are told prostitution is illegal and they will be culpable for asking for it. When victims do call the police, reports have been taken for coercion, fraud, robbery, destruction of property, fraudulent use of a credit card, assault and battery.
LVMPD Event #100319-0050
On March 19, 2010, two undercover LVMPD female detectives went to the business posing as applicants wanting to apply for a job at Club Exclusive II. The detectives spoke with two unknown female suspects at the business about what kind of work they do at the business. The suspects explained they practiced reflexology, which was the rubbing of hands, ears and feet. They further explained that anyone that works at the business has to start "behind the counter" before being able to move to the back with customers. The detectives asked how much money could be made and the suspects were vague, only saying it depends on every person, how well they could talk to customers and how willing customers were to pay for the girls' time. The female suspects stated there is no sex and no stripping. The detectives asked if they would have to "hustle" to earn money and the female suspects stated yes, it's a good way to make money without having to have sex.
|This is Mr. Jimmy Villalobos of Las Vegas. However, it's unclear if this is the same Mr. Villalobos as identified in the arrest report.|
As the females detectives were waiting for the owner, a security employee, later identified as Jimmy Villalobos ID# 2576593, walked into the room and told them not to take pictures with their cellphone cameras as he was obviously monitoring video from inside the business and not in the same room, A records check was conducted on 7/2812010, which revealed Villalobos was working as security at Club Exclusive II and failed to change the address on his security work card within 5 days of employment as required, as he lists his last employment as security for Custom Protective Service as of 3/29/2006.
The undercover detectives met with James Buford, who they later identified as James Howard Norris Buford, Jr. ID# 2512982. Buford asked how they were referred to the business and what their criminal history was, Buford stated he would need to see the detectives' "SCOPE" (criminal history) printout before moving forward. Buford stated "there is no sex here, no prostitution, no hand jobs, it's a straight place here." Buford would only have to point out that there is no sex at Club Exclusive II because he has learned a way to exploit his legally held license to scam victims, then claim he is the victim of soliciting prostitution when the police come. Buford explained the detectives would also need to get a business license and a health card before starting the "long process" to get hired. Buford, and his employees, go to great lengths to appear legitimate by using a loophole in the Clark County Code that infers reflexology is a "drugless practitioner". Furthermore, Buford and his coconspirators obtain business licenses, health cards and other instruments to further their criminal enterprise.
On March 19th, 2010, an undercover LVMPO male detective entered the business posing as a customer, Upon entering the business, the detective was greeted by a scantily clad female (i.e. lingerie, tight short skirts, low cut tops, high heels, stockings, etc) suspect in the lobby. The female vaguely described the service offered and stated it cost $200 for the initial 20 minutes of reflexology. After the detective paid the fee, signed the "Patron Agreement" and was lead to another waiting room where he stayed for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes. The detective was then greeted by another scantily clad female suspect, identified as Shayna Joseph ID# 2612934, that immediately tried to upsell a package that cost $350 for an hour of service.
|Shayna Joseph "...returned approximately ten to fifteen minutes later wearing oversized rubber gloves..."|
Joseph returned and rubbed the detective's ears for approximately ten minutes then stated the session was over. The detective protested that he had not received the full twenty minutes for which he paid $200. Joseph instructed the detective to lay down on the bed and wait. Moments later an unidentified Hispanic male security guard and Buford entered the room and stood over the seated detective in the room in an intimidating stance. The detective stated his position that he had not received the service paid for and wanted his money back. The security guard started aggressively asking the detective questions about his personal life in an attempt to intimidate the detective, at one point accusing the detective of being a police officer. A legitimate business would not go to such lengths to weed out police officers if the business is operating within the confines of the law, nor would a legitimate business be concerned that they were being targeted by undercover law enforcement.
Buford offered to give the detective ten more minutes of time, to which the detective declined and insisted on getting a refund. Buford then told the detective, "it's time to go" and he and the security guard physically flanked the detective and escorted him out of the business attempting to intimidate the detective. Patrol officers responded to the scene and at one point asked Buford why he believed the detective was, in fact, a police officer. Buford stated that because the detective drove his own vehicle and was not brought by a taxi it aroused his suspicion. In fact, while the detective was in the room with Joseph, your affiant witnessed Buford quickly walking the perimeter of the business while talking on a cell phone, looking for the detective's vehicle and closely scrutinizing it. Again, not the actions of a business that is on an honest or respectable course.
LVMPD Event #100619-0582
On June 19"" 2010, an undercover male police sergeant got into a taxi that was seen dropping off passengers at Club Exclusive II. The taxi was Checker Cab #3933, driven by Mario Gomez ID#0972011. When the sergeant entered the taxi he told Gomez that he was tired of strip clubs and wanted to have a good time in private with a blonde girl that would "take care" of him. Gomez took the sergeant to Club Exclusive II and two females dressed in skimpy lingerie greeted the sergeant before he even exited the taxi. The females were identified as Roberta Gutierrez ID#2678527 and Britani Lampkin ID#1875143.
|Roberta Gutierrez, 21 years old|
|Britani Elizabeth Lampkin, 23 years old|
|When questioned as to the extent of services included in the VIP package, Leah Montes, 31, grabbed her breasts, massaged her nipples and spread her legs saying, "you'll love this."|
|Darver Jermaine Ballew, 37, was arrested at another location. He very likely functions as a security guard.|
The criminal enterprise of James Buford, with the assistance of the employees of Club Exclusive II and the taxi cab drivers that provide the victims, is no random crime. A great deal of time, effort, and money has been used to perpetuate the crimes of Burglary NRS 205.060, Obtaining Money by False Pretenses NRS 205.380, Fraudulent Conveyances NRS 205.330, Multiple Transactions Involving Fraud or Deceit in Course of Enterprise or Occupation NRS 205.377, Racketeering NRS 207.400, Burglary NRS 205.060, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary NRS 199.480.3, Conspiracy to Commit Obtaining Money By False Pretense NRS 199.480.3, Coercion NRS 207.190, Theft NRS 205.0832, Robbery NRS 200.380, Attempt Robbery NRS 200.380, Fraudulent Use of Credit Card NRS 205.760 and Assault NRS 200.471-2a. The intent to commit these crimes is evident through these constantly occurring actions which have been reported to LVMPD during the past two years through crime reports and calls for service.
|Kristin Weisenberger, 21. She was arrested for knowingly working at this business with criminal intent and committing crimes.|
Due to these actions, there is probable cause to believe Kristin Weisenberger knowingly worked at this business with criminal intent and committed the crimes of Attempt Obtaining Money by False Pretenses NRS 205.380, Attempt Multiple Transactions Involving Fraud or Deceit in Course of Enterprise or Occupation NRS 205.377, Racketeering NRS 207.400, Conspiracy to Commit a Crime NRS 199.480.3, Attempt Burglary NRS 205.060
Many more were arrested at other locations. See Fox 5 Vegas>>