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Money paid by clients was exposed in Sarah Lawrence’s ‘sex cult’ trial

A customer paid $43,416. Another sent $26,909. And one fetched over $23,199.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan released a redacted document showing the flow of money from wealthy suitors to Claudia Drury, who was allegedly coerced into prostitution by accused sex cult leader Larry Ray.

The documents, filed Tuesday night, show referrals from 35 clients to Drury totaling $225,339 over several years when she met clients, allegedly at Ray’s behest.

A slide in the document, which FBI investigator Mark Lubin described to the jury in Ray’s sex trafficking trial Wednesday, lists three unredacted names of clients and shows the amounts of money they transferred to Drury.

A client named Barry Pool wired Drury over $14,500. Another customer named Kenneth Mumma paid $4,855, according to the document. Randy Levinson, an alleged suitor who testified at the trial last week, paid $43,416.

Lawrence Ray is removed from court after a medical incident on March 15.
Lawrence Ray is removed from court after a medical incident on March 15.
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Another slide shows the flow of money in and out of a TD bank account controlled by Drury from 2015 to 2019.

Sources of funds in the account include “remittances from customers,” which, according to the documents, totaled $179,900 from 29 transactions between 2016 and 2018.

Among the suitors was a Frank Washington who, according to the documents, paid $44,000 through seven wire transfers during those years.

An exhibition released today shows a flow of money to Drury.
An exhibition released today shows a flow of money to Drury.
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Another customer, Stuart Piltch, sent Drury $89,400 in 16 transfers, the document shows.

Theodore O’Neal transferred money six times, spending a total of $46,500, according to evidence.

The suitors listed in the publicly filed document match names on a “client list” that Drury created in 2018 and sent to Ray’s alleged cohort, Isabella Pollok. The full, unredacted list was accidentally released by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York last week.

One of the edited documents.
One of the edited documents.
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The financial documents also contain details of bank accounts held in the name of Pollok and another alleged victim, Felicia Rosario.

The documents provide breakdowns of funds Rosario and Pollok donated to North Carolina’s Democratic Party in 2018.

According to the documents, Rosario made nine transfers from her account to the Tar Heel State Dems totaling $15,500.

Lawrence Ray faces seventeen separate counts.
Lawrence Ray faces 17 separate charges.
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Ray's daughter Talia and Isabella Pollok in a court exhibition photo.
Ray’s daughter Talia and Isabella Pollok in a court exhibition photo.
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Pollok made a total of 14 transfers to the party, totaling $10,647, the documents show.

The donations were made through Act Blue, a liberal nonprofit that allows individual donors to make donations to left-leaning candidates and groups.

On Tuesday, Rosario testified that she and Pollok made donations to the campaign for State House candidate Lowell Simon that year because Ray’s daughter Talia worked as his campaign manager.

Ray allegedly used force to coerce Drury (see above).
Ray is said to have coerced Drury by force (above).
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Ray faces a 17-count indictment of sex trafficking, racketeering, tax evasion, money laundering and a host of other counts.

Prosecutors allege that Ray forced Drury into prostitution for five years and forced her to exchange about $2.5 million that she earned while working as an escort.

Drury in a video shown in court.
Drury in a video shown in court.
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Ray is said to have used violence to assert his control over Drury – and once torturing her for about seven hours in a hotel room with his alleged First Lieutenant, Pollok.

During the 2018 torture session, Ray allegedly forced Drury to strip naked, handcuffed her to a chair and repeatedly suffocated her with a plastic bag, she testified.

“I was choking. I was shocked. I shiver. you can’t breathe You want to breathe a lot. That only makes it a lot worse. It was terrifying,” she told the jury last week.

Pollok, who is charged alongside Ray, is being tried in federal court in Manhattan. She has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors are expected to drop their case against Ray this week. If convicted, he faces a maximum of life imprisonment.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/30/money-paid-by-johns-revealed-in-sarah-lawrence-sex-cult-trial/ Money paid by clients was exposed in Sarah Lawrence’s ‘sex cult’ trial

JACLYN DIAZ

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