January 30, 2023

Kentwood resident convicted of role in identity theft in statewide prostitution program in which victims were drugged and incapacitated

Published 12:21 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – This was announced by US Attorney Duane A. Evans DOMINIQUE ALAINA BERRY, 33 years old, resident of Kentwood, Louisiana, was sentenced on December 1, 2022 by US District Judge Eldon E. Fallon to 45 months in prison, the maximum limit of the range recommended by the United States Sentencing Guidelines, after previously pleading guilty to a two-tiered white paper alleging they conspired to commit wire fraud, bank fraud, and interstate transportation and use an interstate facility with intent to commit unlawful activity in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 371, 1343, 1344 and 1952(a)(3) (count 1) and aggravated identity theft in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A (count 2). Judge Fallon also sentenced Berry to three years of supervised imprisonment after her incarceration and ordered Berry to pay a mandatory special examination fee of $200. He has also scheduled a redress hearing for April 13, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

According to court documents BERRY met Randy Jonal Schenck (Schenck) in early 2013 and soon developed a romantic relationship. Thereafter, BERRY began working for an escort agency under Schenck’s supervision and was frequently engaged in prostitution activities. BERRY and Schenck traveled across the country to participate in her prostitution program, the proceeds of which Schenck needed BERRY to give him. Schenk and BERRY often advertised on location-specific bulletin boards, social applications, and classifieds websites. BERRY often uses the alias “Desiree Knowles”. When BERRY did not perform her role efficiently or effectively, or otherwise failed to comply with Schenck’s instructions, Schenck would threaten to punch, punch, punch, and choke BERRY.

Thereafter, BERRY and Schenck’s company grew into a business consisting of meeting people online interested in companionship, arranging face-to-face interactions with them, and incapacitating them by giving them illegal drugs and prescription medications with neurosuppressive side effects, including antipsychotics Drugs administered that the victims unknowingly ingested. BERRY and Schenk would then steal the victims’ valuables.

Between at least November 2015 and September 2017, Schenck and BERRY has implemented the program no fewer than fifty (50) times across the United States, including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and Georgia. Court documents describe incidents involving nine of the victims. BERRY and Schenck were arrested on September 13, 2017 at a hotel in Sandy Springs, Georgia. As law enforcement found out BERRY At the hotel, she was bleeding from her nose, had a swollen lip and a stitch consistent with her teeth biting through her lip, and black electrical tape around one of her arms.

Among the victims was SA, a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, who BERRY met via a social media application around February 24, 2017. After exchanging text messages and phone calls BERRY and SA agreed to meet at SA’s apartment. Then Schenk fell BERRY off to SA’s apartment. While he was in SA’s apartment, BERRY without his knowledge or approval, drugs intended to incapacitate SA, including several antipsychotic drugs, added to SA’s drinks. After SA lost consciousness, BERRY said RS that SA was unable to work. Afterwards, SA’s valuables, including his wallet, two cell phones, his keys and his 2012 Toyota Tacoma truck, were stolen by RS and one or more co-conspirators. On February 25, 2017, Schenck and BERRY used SA’s debit card to make several purchases in the New Orleans area. Additionally, on February 25, 2017, detectives from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a health check at SA’s residence and found that he was deceased.

Schenck was separately indicted on a twelve-count indictment by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Louisiana in February 2020. On May 10, 2022, Schenck pleaded guilty to two counts, alleging interstate transportation and use of an interstate facility with intent to engage in illegal activity in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1952(a)(3 ) (count 1) and wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1343 and 2 (count 7). Schenck was sentenced to 300 months (25 years) in prison on October 6, 2022.

US Attorney Evans commended the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter and US Attorneys’ staff Brandi Calagna, Melissa Meunier and Brad Bordelon of EDLA Victim Witness. US Attorney Evans also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by numerous law enforcement agencies and private entities involved in the investigation, including the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Police Department of Tucson (Arizona), the Salt River (Arizona) Police Department, Cobb County (Georgia) Police Department, Sandy Springs (Georgia) Police Department, Sacramento (California) Police Department and Talking Stick Casino (Arizona). United States Assistant Attorneys Jordan Ginsberg, chief of the Public Corruption Division, and Melissa Bucher were responsible for the prosecution.

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