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Five year Las Vegas FBI corruption probe ends with one count for pimp Mally Mall, no cops

LAS VEGAS — Hip-Hop music producer Jamal Rashid, aka Mally Mall’s 12-year reign as a Las Vegas pimp has come to an end.

On Monday the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada released the following statement:

Hip hop producer Jamal Rashid, commonly known as “Mally Mall,” pleaded guilty today in federal court to unlawfully owning and operating a prostitution business disguised as escort businesses, said U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.

Jamal Mally Mall Rashid (Facebook)

Rashid, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of use of an interstate facility in aid of unlawful activity. U.S. District Judge Richard F. Boulware II, accepted the guilty plea and scheduled a sentencing hearing for January 21, 2020.

According to the information contained in the plea agreement, between April 2002 and September 2014, Rashid owned, operated, and managed several businesses in Clark County, Nev., that purported to offer legal escort services. Rashid admitted that he carried on an unlawful prostitution business through these escort businesses. He routinely used or caused others to use cell phones and other means to cause women who worked at his escort businesses to conduct acts of prostitution in Clark County. In some instances, Rashid’s credit card was used to pay for the airfare and other travel-related expenses, and he used various paid websites, such as Backpage and Eros, to advertise the women for prostitution purposes. Furthermore, Rashid induced and enticed numerous women to engage in prostitution.

The case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Dickinson is prosecuting the case.

U.S. Attorney Trutanich

US Attorney’s Office responds to KLAS-TV’s 8NewsNow I-Team

The I-Team reported on Monday at  that the U.S. Attorney’s Office sent the following statement to them:

“In the course of investigating Mr. Rashid, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in partnership with the FBI did examine and develop information regarding allegations of related wrongdoing that generally have been the subject of media coverage. Following an extensive inquiry, we concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to support any additional charges relating to Mr. Rashid, his associates or others, and therefore closed the investigation.”

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Needless to say, this whole thing stinks of impropriety.

Rashid was engaging in a 12-year criminal enterprise, the sex-trafficking of adults, yet the US Attorney gives him a plea deal for one count of use of an interstate facility in aid of unlawful activity.

The government didn’t go for a sex-trafficking charge and the US Attorney has the gall to make statements about how serious he takes human trafficking?

Engaging in sex trafficking and interstate transportation for prostitution are violations of Title 18, and Rashid gets off with a simple plea deal for a single charge.

So, the case is closed according to US Attorney for the District of Nevada, Nicholas Trutanich.

Why the plea deal Mr. Trutanich?

Rashid obviously gave you nothing in return.

Rashid wasn’t paying off Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Vice Detectives as was alleged in sworn statements under penalty of perjury obtained by attorneys for convicted pimp Ocean Fleming that won Fleming an appeal and a scheduled release in January 2020.

When Rashid’s bodyguard said he observed payments from Rashid to LVMPD police officers to target rival pimps on behalf of Rashid, was he lying?

Was there no coercing of witnesses in criminal cases against pimps who were Rashid’s competition by Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Mercer as was alleged?

Were detectives not sleeping with prostitutes?

Did Rashid tell the FBI that he wasn’t paying off cops as was alleged?

If there was nothing that the FBI couldn’t uncover after a five year corruption probe of the LVMPD, then I would have to ask not only you Mr. Trutanich, but also Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, why the hell were violent pimps given sweetheart deals that put them back on the street, since those cases all had involvement with same prosecutor and detectives who allegedly were corrupt?

When Sheriff Joe Lombardo hired attorneys to prevent the testimony in court of a cop who by the admission of that same attorney in court stated she knew would implicate other corrupt cops, I guess there was nothing to that also.

Hello, doesn’t that all fall under public corruption and a lack of public integrity?

The federal investigation started prior to the FBI raiding Rashid’s Las Vegas home and escort businesses in September of 2014.

The five-year federal investigation resulted in only one single charge and a plea deal was taken for that.

I haven’t read the federal grand jury indictment yet.  It should make for some very interesting reading.

This case does not pass the smell test.

I am not buying it by a long shot, but then again what can you expect from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an organization that became politicized and whom Integrity was taken out of Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity a very long time ago by the Bureau’s hierarchy.

One honorable mention before I go and vomit.

To SAC Aaron Rouse of the FBI Las Vegas Division; When Las Vegas Township Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson told me in our on-the-record recorded interview with her in May of 2018, that Special Agent Kevin White, who was investigating police corruption, told her that then LVMPD Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo called his boss, your then number two man at the Las Vegas Division, Patrick Brodsky, and had him pulled from talking to the judge any further, was that true Mr. Rouse?

Because if it was, it sure sounds like one major public integrity investigation.

If true though, who would investigate that, the Department of Justice Inspector General’s Office?





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Doug Poppa

Doug authored over 135 articles on the October 1, 2017 Las Vegas Massacre, more than any other single journalist in the country. He investigates stories on corruption, law enforcement and crime. Doug is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former police officer, deputy sheriff and criminal investigator. Doug spent 20 years in the hotel/casino industry as an investigator and then as Director of Security and Surveillance. He also spent a short time with the US Dept. of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration. In 1986 Doug was awarded Criminal Investigator of the Year by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. In 1992 and 1993 Doug testified in court that a sheriff’s office official and the county prosecutor withheld exculpatory evidence during the 1988 trial of a man accused of the attempted murder of his wife. Doug’s testimony led to a judge’s decision to order the release of the man from prison in 1992 and awarded him a new trial, in which he was later acquitted. As a result of Doug breaking the police “blue wall of silence,” he was fired by the county sheriff. His story was featured on Inside Edition, Current Affair and CBS News’ “Street Stories with Ed Bradley”. In 1992 after losing his job, at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Doug infiltrated a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont fortune heir and his wife. Doug has been a guest on national television and radio programs speaking on the stories he now writes as an investigative journalist. Contact the author.
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19 Comments

  1. Michael Rowe says:

    I’m fighting for you Ms. Land and I’m sorry. It’s going to happen for you just have faith.

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  2. Michael Rowe says:

    Please Ms. Land just have faith. There was another young lady killed by the name of Angela Petterson. The Chief of the Clark County School District Police feed alcohol to a underage student and he killed her in a DUI. Your cases are related in some ways. This is not over and don’t ever think it’s over. This corruption probe is going to go all the way to Congress. If you have Facebook feel free to add me and read all of my legal blogs. Mr Mahan the United States Federal Judge and Ms. Peggy Leen are not going to let all of us down. This pimp is a small player in this conspiracy and these people are going to be held accountable. Sincerely, Michael Rowe

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  3. Suzie says:

    The only one in this entire investigation that won’t be harmed by a felony conviction is Molly. It isn’t going to hurt his business enterprise because they haven’t seized his bank accounts, cars, houses, etc., like they always do with anyone involved in a criminal enterprise.

    And Wolfson called the US Atty and basically offered up Baughman with can’t you indict Baughman and be done with this because its going to make Metro look bad.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Mike Zahara’s article today pretty much says it all. Good job Mike!

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  5. Connie Land says:

    I will not allow my daughters homicide to be further derailed by the coverups and corruption displayed throughout the entire case and even before the murders occurred. Lombardo and Wolfson may think they had a victory the other day. They thought wrong.. I will fight tooth and nail and will never stop voicing the truth.. I will not allow Sydney’s murder to be swept under the rug or fade away…

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  6. Connie Land says:

    If you want to be a pimp and get protection from law enforcement, come to Las Vegas!!! Another great article Doug! Thank you for being the only news source writing about these horrific continual injustices. The plea deal is a slap in the face and again a revictimization of every victim who has ever been trafficked, abused, violated, threatened or killed. Their families who also suffer the aftermath and left to also pick up the pieces. The ethical and moral officers and judicial officials who work so hard to get these pieces of crap off the streets. This was a slap in the face to our community, sending a clear message that corruption and cover up does exist, is encouraged and rewarded by and the dirty criminals in the LVMPD,DA,FBI AND USAO.
    Where do you go now for justice?? Outside of Vegas
    I REFUSE to roll over and accept this travesty of injustice. The USAO may have said this case is closed- far rom it…
    There is still plenty that can be done!! First, to those who feel betrayed, as do I, don’t give up. Get mad!! If you have information about corrupt cops, DA or unlawful activity, or information that may be helpful in any cases, continue to provide information to Doug. He is the only one writing the truth and can be trusted. WE JUST NEED MORE PEOPLE TO STEP UP AND FIGHT!
    I have printed up every national and international human trafficking, domestic violence organizations- I am going to share all of these stories with every one of these organizations!! Every one need to do this- share these stories out to every news agency, organization, etc.. They can join the fight- I am sure not one agency will like hearing that Las Vegas FBI USAO LVMPD AND DA let a kingpin pimp out of prison,and cut deals with pimps who were trafficking girls, not only in our city but potentially in their cities!!
    Maybe some national organizations outraged will band together and demand accountability for the cops, DA’s and FBI who allowed it to happen.
    WE ARE FAR FROM DONE HERE!! People can not sit on the sidelines and remain silent- this will not create change. You cant observe and jump in when it is safe and all is well, now is the time to push for real change..
    We can’t. we all know and have seen too much and know too much to walk away… I am not going away and I am not giving up… I am continuing the fight.. It’s the right thing to do..

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    • Anonymous says:

      Connie, I’m speechless and really don’t know what to say to you. I’m so sorry for your loss, but hang in there the truth will prevail.

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  7. Suzie says:

    So for Grimmet and Dosch, sorry you have to take so much crap due to the few bad cops around you. Check out inmate at CCDC connections.

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  8. Suzie says:

    And to add insult to injury the reason you can’t solve the Neo and Sydney case is because the trust issues with the way you handled the bad cops and the detective who decided to oust people. It’s not Dosch and Grimmet its that everyone knows the ousting detective is now in homicide. Why would anybody go to homicide that knows anything knowing that person who now works in same unit ousted a judge!!!!!! You’re kidding right?

    How horrible for the victims families and we the public apologize to the victims families for the corrupt people we seem to have no control over and obviously the people we elect don’t care to do anything either! So in saying that sorry Lands and Kaufman’s that you are having to be put through such non-sense and can’t seem to get justice for your children!

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  9. Suzie says:

    First, US Attorney Trutanich you really expect the public to buy that not sufficient evidence on others. I call BS! The FBI did investigation handed the case over to you, so now the buck stops with you. Are you really going to condone this crap? Nobody got calls from your office that interviewed with the FBI. Molly’s driver signed an affidavit did you not read it? You are pretty much slapping every victim in the face calling them a liar, and if that was the case Ocean Fleming wouldn’t be getting an early release. So you didn’t find victims important enough to charge people like Baughman or any of the others for the corruption or the revictimization of victims they affected with their illegal activities? You know what’s worse than the Flemings and Molly’s of the world? Bad cops!

    Wolfson and where are you? Your office was part of this corruption and you remain quiet, so I guess you are condoning it too! Then you have the audacity to promote a Deputy DA who was part of all of it. Calling BS on you too! You are quiet unless you are punishing the wrong people for uncovering your BS! Yeah we are watching!

    Third, Lombardo what’s up? Why did you have attorney protect vice officers who did wrong? The public would have rather took the civil lawsuits than allow bad cops to get away with it! And what punishment did the detective get for ousting a judge? Very bad Joe!

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  10. Whatabunchofcrap says:

    So I guess come election time we all should remember this!

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  11. Anon says:

    I think all the advocates for victims and groups should show up to court on Molly’s sentencing along with Connie Land so the judge has to look at the other side of what happens with these pimps!

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  12. T Mathis says:

    Just curious why the FBI has no problem investigating and prosecuting the top brass in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s department, but won’t touch LVMPD. Maybe someone needs to investigate the FBI office in Las Vegas because they seem awfully complicit.

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    • Doug Poppa
      Doug Poppa says:

      The writing is on the wall. The system is corrupt and that includes the FBI Las Vegas Division, The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada, the LVMPD and the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. The FBI and the USAO were under investigation years ago during the Operation G-String probe. Former Assistant US Attorney appointed to the Eight Judicial District Court by the former governor, and the current governor appointed the head of the USAO Criminal Division to another seat in the Eighth Judicial District Court. A former Eighth Judicial District Court judge retires earlier this year, then is appointed a mediator for the Route 91 mediation. Her father is a retired FBI agent and guess what, he was Vice President in charge of Security at the Mandalay Bay the night of the Las Vegas Massacre, and that wasn’t a conflict of interest? Then we have LVMPD vice detectives outing a sitting judge and her daughter as a confidential source of information, can you even imagine if they would that to a judge what they would do to other confidential sources and informants. The whole system stinks, it’s favors in, favors out. Violent pimps back on the street and getting out because of corrupt cops and prosecutor and they all walk free as the citizens safety is jeopardized by violent criminal hitting the streets thanks to DA Steve Wolfson and Sheriff Joe Lombardo, etc., etc., etc. An unsolved 2016 double homicide that is wrought with negligence and incompetence and yes corruption, because they tried to hide it all. The LVMPD and the FBI covered each others asses very well. Disgrace to the law enforcement and criminal justice system in Clark County, Nevada. It’s not called Sin City for nothing.

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  13. Roger A Kenis says:

    I filed a complaint with the DOJ over Route91 and video evidence that has been concealed by FBI, Lombardo l, and MGMRI. While seperate, it’s very much about the same problem. Public integrity and corruption. Their response, was in a letter I recieved stating, “It was being forwarded to the FBI Washington Field Office”, as tgey were better suited to investigate themselves? Stinks to high heaven and when push comes to shove, I want my day in court. Rig it all you want, I will get it on the record, so help me GOD.

    Absolutely, disgraceful and not what men and women past and present, that gave their lives for to defend this country and allow this egregious behavior.

    Semper Fidelis means more than just words, and I’m not backing down. Justice and accountability will be had, in this life or the next.
    History will damn them all, eventually.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Just wondering US Atty Trutanich are you going to seize Molly’s house for using it for criminal activities like they would normally after spending 5 years of taxpayers money to investigate?

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  15. Anonymous says:

    This is absolutely outrageous. I think come election time they all should be done!

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  16. Norm Jahn says:

    Fantastic enumeration of critical issues and questions that are UNANSWERED. Does the FBI or their Inspector General or the Las Vegas media really believe there is nothing to see here so simply move along? Are you kidding me?

    If false affidavits were signed to get Ocean Fleming out of prison then PROSECUTE those people!

    If cops slept with prostitutes or accepted payments then PROSECUTE those officers-don’t just transfer them, let them retire, and never tell the public what discipline was imposed hey there Sheriff Lombardo?

    Multiple (non-corrupt) officers lost their jobs because of ongoing conflict with Vice and the unholy Triad, complaining about Vice corruption within Metro, I even brought Jamal Rashid to the attention of the LVMPD (in writing) in 2010… At least one other police officer lost his job because he recognized Jamal Rashid in a nightclub!

    Lombardo is left to explain nothing and only say he ‘cleaned up’ Vice.

    The FBI has made one or more agents totally disappear and they are probably fired or being punished.

    Civil Rights? Public Integrity? Maybe the payoffs are at a level higher than the LVMPD! Pathetic isn’t it?

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