Zumba instructor and prostitute Alexis Wright has been convicted in an Alfred, Maine courtroom of prostitution, conspiracy, tax evasion, and theft by deception.
Wright used her Zumba training facility as a front to run a prostitution ring. She has been sentenced to ten months in jail. She will also have to repay $57,280 for accepting welfare funds of more than $40,000. It is believed that she netted more than $150,000 from prostitution.
She operated her ‘business’ for eighteen months, frequently video-taping her clients unknowingly. The 30 year old Wright conspired with the owner of an insurance agency to create the front. She kept detailed records of her clients and their sexual preferences.
On Valentine’s Day, 2012, police raided her establishment. Just two days before the authorities ended her ‘business venture’, she expressed pleasure about her success. “I feel like this is going to be a good week,” Alexis Wright wrote to her business partner. He was watching the events occurring in the studio from one hundred miles away on a monitor.
Her ‘business associate’ also provided security by investigating the license numbers of her clients.
Her business of prostitution and conspiracy took place in the picturesque town of Kennebunk, Maine. The community is well known for sea captain’s mansions, its beaches, New England charm, and the summer residence of former President George Herbert Walker Bush. The residents were in shock when she was arrested last year, and produced a list of 150 clients, some of them prominent members of the seaside community.
Wright cooperated with the authorities, and agreed to a plea bargain which allowed the number of counts against her to be reduced from 106 to 20.
Her attorney pled with the court for leniency, claiming Wright was a victim of sexual abuse during her childhood. Wright told the court that when she completed serving her sentence she planned to work with women who suffered similar exploitation.
Her business partner, Mark Strong, 57, was convicted of twelve counts of promoting prostitution, and one count of conspiracy to commit prostitution. He was sentenced to twenty days in jail, and forced to pay a $3,000 fine. His sentence was reduced by five days because of good behavior.
Wright used her studio, home, and an office to perform sexual acts with her clients. When her studio was raided, police found evidence that would undoubtedly convict her. They discovered video tapes, some of which she sent to Strong, a ledger, and electronic evidence in the form of texts, e-mails, and a Skype account. The ledger showed she serviced 9 clients a week, and up to 45 each month.
Now that her life of prostitution, conspiracy, and tax evasion has ended, Wright promised a change in her life after her release.
“It’s my intention to stand up for what is right. When I’m out, I’m going to pursue helping people fight through situations that are similar to mine. I’m optimistic that something good will come out of this,” Wright said Friday, according to the AP.