Larry Ray laundered money through GoDaddy domains: Feds

Larry Ray and GoDaddy

Prosecutors allege that defendant Sarah Lawrence “cult” leader Larry Ray laundered his money through GoDaddy domains.

For nearly 10 years, Sarah Lawrence College blamed sex “cult” leaders Larry Rays Daughter, alleged victims and co-defendants collectively transferred nearly $1 million to a account on Ray’s behalf through more than 1,000 transactions, a federal jury heard.

Prosecutors named the thousands of domain names Ray reportedly amassed in an elaborate scheme to launder his ill-gotten gains.

For almost three weeks, Ray was on trial on a 17-count indictment alleging racketeering, sex trafficking, forced labor, tax evasion, extortion and other crimes. Prosecutors say he ran a criminal enterprise largely out of his daughter’s communal dorm Talia Rayallegedly hunting her ex-boyfriend Santos Rosario, his sisters Felicia and Jalitza Rosario, and other alleged victims. One of them, Claudia drurytestified that Ray forced her into prostitution and earned $2.5 million from her sex work.

Fellow student Sarah Lawrence Isabella Pollok was charged as a co-conspirator with Ray; Prosecutors have portrayed her as his enforcer and deputy throughout the trial. Ray’s daughter has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

An FBI forensic accountant has been named in the past two days Mark Milton Lubin laid out their finances in a series of stunning flowcharts for nearly a decade.

GoDaddy flowchart

An FBI forensic accountant testified that this flowchart shows expenses on Larry Ray’s GoDaddy account, key evidence in federal prosecutors’ money laundering allegations.

The chart shows more than 1,427 transfers from accounts by Pollok, Drury, Santos and Felicia Rosario, and Larry and Talia Ray totaling $992,991, dated December 16, 2011 to April 28, 2020.

At 15 pages, the full document offers a glimpse into the alleged money trail of Ray and his followers. The filing confirms much of what Drury said about the money she made from her clients — and where it went. More than $225,000 flowed into her Paypal account from Drury’s customers between December 27, 2016 and November 20, 2018. Drury testified that during her time as an escort, she mostly lived away from hotels, and the flow chart shows that she spent tens of thousands of dollars at various hotels from her TD account.

Drury paid $18,160 to Hotel Tonight, $19,106 to Iberostar, $12,755 to Time Hotel New York, and $13,821 in miscellaneous hotel charges between July 17, 2015 and April 11, 2019.

one of her ex-clients, Randy Levinson, testified under an immunity deal with the government and said Drury is in constant need of money. A widely redacted table shows he was one of their biggest spenders among the 35 clients known to and investigated by the government. He paid Drury more than $43,000 in 21 separate transfers.

Isabella Pollok

Larry Ray’s accused accomplice, Isabella Pollok, has been charged separately and will appear in court later this year. (Photo via DOJ)

The chart also sheds light on why Pollok, a former Sarah Lawrence student previously believed to be a victim, was charged as an accused co-conspirator. One entry shows Drury sending her $2,000 and another shows her accounts as one of the top donors to Ray’s GoDaddy account. Two of Pollok’s accounts each sent more than $200,000 to Ray’s GoDaddy. Earlier in the trial, Drury testified that Pollok collected and recorded her prostitution proceeds in what prosecutors described as her “long night of torture” at the hands of Ray.

Prosecutors say Pollok and Felicia Rosario wired tens of thousands of dollars to North Carolina Democrats when Talia Ray worked for the state party and failed as a candidate for the House of Representatives Lowell Simon in 2018.

Earlier this week, Assistant US Attorney Danielle Sassoon said Rosario’s statement that she was directed to make payments through ActBlue in favor of Talia Ray “leads directly to money laundering.” ActBlue payments to the North Carolina Democratic Party are shown in the flowcharts, with more than $15,000 coming from Rosario and more than $10,000 coming from Pollok.

As the government closed its case on Wednesday, prosecutors called three witnesses to substantiate other aspects of Felicia Rosario’s testimony. Before her brother introduced her to Ray, Rosario was a Columbia Medical School graduate in a residency program in California, but she says those ambitions were dashed after her ill-fated romance with the Defendant. She said that although they were never married, Ray called her his wife and she called him her husband. He then allegedly pushed her into increasingly extreme sexual situations, once directing her to have sex with his bouncer.

this bouncer, Carlos Heide, confirmed her story on Wednesday, remembering her as the “little lady” with the bruise on her eye who shook as she told him Ray had asked her to propose to him. Both Rosario and the bouncer recalled that he turned down the offer.

“Little lady, you have to go back upstairs,” Pagan said.

Felicia Rosario’s former classmate Julie Gonzales testified that Rosario had asked her for $20,000, telling her it was to help her brother. The third sibling, Yalitza Rosario, was the latest witness to testify Wednesday, recounting how her once strong sister had become “wide-eyed, confused and highly distractible.”

(Photo by Larry Ray via DOJ; Image of GoDaddy’s IPO via Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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