Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

September 29, 2005

Attorney General Corbett announces arrests in $1 million Allegheny County prostitution & drug ring

MONROEVILLE - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI), along with local law enforcement officers, are in the process of arresting eight individuals in connection with a $1 million prostitution and drug ring operating in and around Monroeville, Allegheny County.

Corbett identified the principal figures in the criminal enterprise as Amy Schifano, 29, of 707 Regency Dr., Plum, and John Robert "Buck" Buczkowski, 41, of 1205 Bowling Green Dr., Monroeville.

Corbett said the investigation was placed before a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended that he file criminal charges.

The grand jury found that Schifano and Buczkowski ran the escort service together.  Schifano served as the "Madam," scheduling appointments and recruiting prostitutes, while Buczkowski delivered prostitutes to their appointments, collected fees and handled any difficulties with customers.

Corbett said the grand jury found that Schifano and Buczkowski were also involved in the sale of cocaine, while others connected to the escort service delivered cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs.  

"This case is about sex, drugs and money, plain and simple," Corbett said. "These defendants created a criminal enterprise designed to profit from sexual exploitation and drug addiction."

The grand jury found that Schifano and Buczkowski operated their escort service under several names, including "Buckwild Entertainment" and "B.A.G. Enterprises."  The business operated from February 2003 to June 2005, generating up to $1 million in prostitution and drug sales during that period.

Corbett said the grand jury found that newspaper advertisements, placed in the adult classified section of the City Paper, were allegedly used to solicit customers from throughout Allegheny County.  Employment ads in the same newspaper were used to recruit prostitutes. 

Schifano allegedly had four to eight prostitutes working for her at any given time, keeping track of names and physical descriptions of the girls, their client preferences, their locations throughout Allegheny County and their fee structure. 

The grand jury found that customers responding to the newspaper advertisements were directed to one of several cell phone numbers used by Schifano and her associates, who would schedule appointments.

Corbett said the grand jury found that during the course of the investigation, the escort service received an average of 100 to 300 calls per day.

Customers would be provided with an "in-call" appointment, using Monroeville area hotel rooms rented by Schifano or her associates, or an "out-call" appointment, where girls would be driven to the customer's locations. 

Corbett said fees ranged from $150 to $200 or more, depending on the customer's location, with Schifano allegedly receiving a $50 to $80 payment per appointment. 

Payment was generally made in cash, but the grand jury found that some prostitutes were provided with credit card slips.  The prostitutes would allegedly call Schifano or Buczkowski to process the credit card payments.

Corbett said that Schifano and Buczkowski were also allegedly involved in the sale of drugs in the Monroeville area, often using the escort service's cell phones to arrange drug transactions. 

During the course of the investigation, agents conducted eight controlled purchases of cocaine from Schifano and three controlled purchases from Buczkowski.  The cocaine purchases ranged in size from six grams to one ounce.

The grand jury found that the cocaine sold by Schifano and Buczkowski was supplied by John W. Bogovich, of Chalfont. 

Corbett said the grand jury found that Schifano and Buczkowski would contact  Bogovich by telephone when they were in need of cocaine.  BNI agents made six controlled purchases of cocaine from Bogovich, ranging in size from one-eighth ounce to one ounce.

Corbett said that on some occasions, Bogovich would deposit the cocaine in a mailbox at Buczkowski's residence, returning later to retrieve cash payment from the mailbox.  On other occasions, the drug transactions allegedly occurred at Bogovich's Highland Avenue residence.

Additionally, the grand jury found that several of the alleged prostitutes, including Michelle Roney, of North Versailles; Melanie McKinley, of North Braddock and Laura Dick, of Turtle Creek, were involved in the sale of cocaine or heroin. 

Two other alleged prostitutes, Heather Page, and Suzanne Juhascik, both of Pittsburgh, were arrested this year in an earlier phase of this investigation, after being charged with multiple counts of delivery or possession with intent to deliver cocaine.  Page was arrested in June 2005 and Juhascik was arrested in February 2005.

Corbett said that another driver for the escort service, Leonard R. Rini, of Plum, is charged with possession and delivery of cocaine in addition to promoting prostitution.  Also, Debra Prosser, of Turtle Creek, is charged with the delivery of prescription drugs, including Valium and Percocet. 

 Corbett said the defendants will be preliminarily arraigned before Pittsburgh Magisterial District Judge Susan F. Evashavik. 

 The case will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Mark Serge, of the Office of Attorney General.  Corbett thanked the Monroeville and Pitcairn Police Departments for their assistance in this investigation.

 Below is a list of the defendants and the charges filed against them:

- Amy Schifano, 29, 707 Regency Dr., Plum, is charged with eight counts each of possession of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance; five counts of promoting prostitution; two counts of criminal conspiracy; two counts of participating in a corrupt organization; one count of criminal use of a communications facility and one count of dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activity.

- John Robert Buczkowski, 41, 1205 Bowling Green Dr., Monroeville, is charged with three counts each of possession of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance; two counts of promoting prostitution; two counts of participating in a corrupt organization; two counts of criminal conspiracy; one count of criminal use of a communications facility and one count of dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activity.

- John Wendel Bogovich, 33, 320 Highland Ave., Chalfont, is charged with six counts each of possession of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance; one count of criminal use of a communications facility and one count of criminal conspiracy.

- Leonard Robert Rini, 29, 707 Regency Dr., Plum, is charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of promoting prostitution, possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communications facility and criminal conspiracy.

- Melanie McKinley, 33, 1711 Grandview Ave., North Braddock, is charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of delivery of a controlled substance.

- Michelle Roney, 38, 450 McKee St., North Versailles, is charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of delivery of a controlled substance.

- Laura M. Dick, 32, 260 Seneca St., Turtle Creek, is charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy.

- Debra Prosser, 49, Turtle Creek, is charged with three counts each of possession of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance.

- Suzanne Juhascik, 24, 1937 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, is charged with five counts each of possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, and delivery of a controlled substance; one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of communication facility.
 
- Heather Page, 28, 5608 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, is charged with six counts of possession of a controlled substance, six counts of possession with intent to deliver, six counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal conspiracy.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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Editors' Note:  Copies of the grand jury presentment are available by contacting the Attorney General's Press Office at 717-787-5211.  Click here for photos of the defendants.

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