For at least a decade, beginning in 2009, a network of websites has been sexually exploiting young, poor and vulnerable Eastern European girls, claiming that they could avoid prosecution under federal law by avoiding the publication of nude photos of child victims who “Sexually and sexually” provocative poses were photographed.”
The accountant of this company, which made millions from an international audience and laundered its loot through a company called “Evil Angel Jewelry,” was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison on Wednesday.
Born in Moldova Tatyana powera 41-year-old from Weston, Florida, helped run a number of websites that went under the Newstar name, founded by her late husband. Kenneth Power. The parent company of the Newstar websites was called Power Trading, of which Tatiana Power was vice president and a 50 percent shareholder.
“For more than a decade, Power managed the financial affairs of a child exploitation company run by her husband that victimized over 100 vulnerable children in Eastern Europe,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing note.
The 100+ websites, hosted under separate URLs, featured child victims between the ages of six and 17 next to the words “Newstar,” “Tinymodel,” or “Sweet.”
“Some of these images and videos, while not nude, showed minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” the Justice Department said. “For example, images and videos sold on the Newstar websites showed children as young as six in sexual and provocative poses, wearing police and cheerleader costumes, thong underwear, sheer underwear, revealing swimsuits, pantyhose and miniskirts carried.”
The sites came from mostly poor and vulnerable girls from Ukraine, Moldova and other Eastern European countries, and billed themselves as “100% legal, non-nude.” Another disclaimer claimed that the images do not violate federal statutes criminalizing possession or receipt of child sexual abuse materials. However, prosecutors determined that this was a ruse.
“Federal courts, however, have consistently held that non-nude content can still constitute criminal child pornography if it involves a lascivious display of a minor’s clothed genitals or private parts,” they wrote in a ruling.
To market to an international audience, the sites offered subscriptions for $49.99 (34 days), $79.99 (60 days), and $99.99 (90 days) that allowed users to trade with credit cards and cryptocurrency to pay – and they advise on how to avoid prosecution by the government.
A Bulgarian national named Plamen Velinow is said to have recruited the victims from Ukraine, Moldova and other Eastern European countries. He was arrested in Sofia on November 15.
“Using the recruited underage victims, Newstar Enterprise produced more than 4.64 million images and videos to be sold on the Newstar websites,” prosecutors say.
Prosecutors say its subscribers and customers numbered thousands of people from 101 nations around the world and generated $9.4 million between 2005 and 2019.
About a decade into that time, prosecutors say, Power knowingly laundered about $4.6 million of that sum. She achieved this in part by starting a front company called “Evil Angel Jewelry,” ostensibly dedicated to selling costume jewelry, she says accusation.
Prosecutors say that Tatiana Power “pumped” the heart of the illegal enterprise.
“She had important, active responsibilities within the company,” says her opinion. “Power worked down the hall from her husband’s home office – the office from which he managed the Newstar websites and edited, reviewed and arranged child pornography and child erotica for publication on those websites – serving as ‘bookkeeper’ and ‘bookkeeper’ of Power Newstar Enterprise managed its QuickBooks, oversaw its bank accounts, sent cables to co-conspirators, filed annual and quarterly reports, signed checks, and opened bank accounts.”
The conspiracy resulted in six charges. Two of the accused are now dead. Three have been convicted and charges against Velinov are pending.
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