October 5, 2015 - 1:03 pm
A year after a high-profile FBI raid on the Las Vegas home and escort service of hip-hop producer Mally Mall, federal prosecutors have sent target letters to some of his employees in a growing investigation into alleged racketeering and prostitution.
The letters are part of an effort by prosecutors to strike deals with the employees to provide information against the widely known rapper and reality television star who has worked with the likes of hip-hop artists Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown and Drake.
The employees are being asked to sign what is known as a “proffer agreement,” which lays out the parameters for discussions about cooperating in the investigation.
The Nevada U.S. attorney’s office and a special human trafficking unit in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in Washington are jointly prosecuting the case.
In the target letters, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristina Silva in Las Vegas tells the employees that the FBI investigation has determined they may have engaged in conduct that violates a slew of federal criminal statutes, including interstate travel in aid of a racketeering enterprise, transportation for the purpose of prostitution and money laundering.
“If you are interested in resolving this matter short of federal indictment, please have your attorney contact me at the phone number listed above,” Silva writes.
The letters identify Mall as the chief target of the investigation under his legal name, Jamal Rashid.
Employees who sign a proffer agreement must sit down with prosecutors and FBI agents and answer questions about the criminal allegations so that prosecutors can decide whether to obtain their cooperation or file charges against them. Any information the employees provide cannot directly be used against them unless they lie during the interviews.
It is unclear whether prosecutors have presented any evidence against Mall to a grand jury.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office would not confirm or deny Monday that the letters were sent.
Mall’s Atlanta-based lawyer, Steve Sadow, said: “We are not in a position to comment at this time.”
FBI agents simultaneously executed search warrants in late September 2014 at Mall’s southeast valley home and his escort service, Las Vegas Concierge VS1.
The $1.4 million home, which sits on 2.6 acres near Russell Road and Mountain Vista Street, is listed under Jamal Rashid, according to county records.
Records show Las Vegas Concierge was incorporated in December 2012 with Rashid listed as a manager. The limited liability company received a Clark County business license as an outcall promoter in April 2013.
Mall starred last year in the VH1 cable reality series “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” and has been the subject of much Hollywood gossip, including his dating of actress Carmen Electra. He made it known last year that he had bullet-proofed his expensive and customized Maybach luxury car.
Lately, Mall has been mired in controversy over a leaked sex tape involving his ex-girlfriend, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star Nikki Mudarris. The tape was reportedly made at his Las Vegas home.
Mall is also known to keep exotic animals. Four years ago, he got into an argument with his neighbors over his push to keep two servals, mid-size African wildcats, and a capuchin monkey at his home.
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