Law Enforcement: Stinging the Sex Rings

Prostitution, besides being illegal and immoral, is expensive. To cut the aftertax cost of illicit sex in Chicago's suburbs, a firm called National Credit Service offered businessmen phony invoices that they could use to claim false tax deductions, as well as the privilege of credit-card payment. Lucrative though its business was, the firm closed up shop last week with the announcement that it had been an FBI sting. "We got everything we hoped for, and more," said Chicago FBI Special Agent Bob Long. Officials predict that the sting, dubbed Operation Safe Bet, could produce indictments of as many as...

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