Photo credit: Howard Schnapp | Vincent and Melissa Lombardo were arrested at their Massapequa home and are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in federal district court in Brooklyn on money laundering and prostitution charges, authorities said. (July 18, 2013)
- By SELIM ALGAR and JEANE MacINTOSH
- Last Updated: 2:58 PM, July 18, 2013
- Posted: 2:04 PM, July 18, 2013
A Long Island couple have been busted running a high-end international prostitution ring from their suburban home – clearing more than a million dollars in the past two years that helped fund the duo’s lavish lifestyle, prosecutors announced today.
Vincent and Melissa Lombardo allegedly ran a stable of hookers from a Web site, aphroditecompanions.com, charging upwards of $3,000 a day for women who traveled to Florida, South Dakota, South Africa and Dubai and had trysts with johns from the US, UK and Russia, according to a Brooklyn federal court complaint.
The Lombardos – who rent a home in Massapequa and own a home in Boca Raton, Fl. – were arrested in Long Island and are due in Brooklyn court this afternoon.
The Lombardos took a 30 to 40 percent cut from their hookers in exchange for the right to advertise their services on the prostitution Web site, according to the complaint. Girls were required to reimburse the couple before noon on the next day following their liaisons.
In one instance, Melissa Lombardo – known as Pamela to the prostitutes – recruited women from New York to be flown to Miami for “a party in Miami for a group of politicians, lawyers and many other important businessmen [who] are looking for companions,” the complaint alleges.
The Lombardos also sent girls to South Dakota with a Russian businessman for a motorcycle festival, and to Dubai to work 5-star hotels, according to prosecutors.
The agency screened its prospective skin peddlers, and required that they provide oral sex, without condoms, to clients, according to documents obtained by the feds during the investigation.
The women also were required to send full face and body photos in for scrutiny before being hired.
“We don’t need trash girls or drug girls or girls that aren’t GFE,” noted one email from a Lombardo email account obtained by investigators. “It is our way or they don’t work with us.”
“GFE” refers to the “Girlfriend Experience,” a prostitution-industry term in which the hooker acts like a girlfriend to the client.
Records show that Vincent Lombardo did jail time for drug and weapons possession.