Washington, DC ACORN Video: Child Prostitution Investigation transcript by OussemaGass





Acorn 1

Acorn 2


Acorn 3 (Ms. Sherana Boone)

Acorn 4 (Ms. Laverne Boone)

James: Oh here you go. Game face.

Hannah: O this..[unintelligible]


James: So this is the …

Hannah: Is this housing?

James: Is this, Is this housing?

Acorn 1: Excuse me?

James: Is this housing?

Acorn 1: Acorn housing yes.

James: Yeah, We’re here for the ah event today,

Acorn 1: Upstairs to the right.

James: Ok

Acorn 1: So actually that’s who you need to talk to you do not need to um ah sit in on

the [unintelligible]

Acorn 1: Ok?

Customer: Ok
Acorn 1: Ok

Acorn 1: Hold on a second

Acorn 1: Yes

James: I think I had talked to you on ah..

Acorn 1: No you talked to Ms. Boone

James: I talked to Ms. Boone - Is she upstairs?

Acorn 1: Yes she is upstairs.

James: Alright.

James: Steps here.

James: Hello

James: Oh boy. Late entrance.

Acorn 2: You know how much money you make every year. Right? for every home

James: Place to sit

Acorn 2: Okay

[Acorn Housing Presentation]


Acorn 1: Could I help you?

James: Uh the the women that you’d said the, that I had talked to the other day…

Acorn 1: Miss Boone, yes.

James: What was her name?

Acorn 1: Miss Boone.

James: Well would she just be able to chance to talk to me for a couple of minutes.

Cause I’d just wanted to ask her a a question.

Acorn 1: Not until the seminar is over.
James: What Time?…

Acorn 1: You have to stay until the seminar if you want to get credit for it. You can not

be coming in and out of the seminar only the break-time or when we um change up


James: Is there, is there any way that I could go to a another seminar in the future just

and just speak with her to see if I am eligible initially?

Acorn 1: She will not, she can not verbally tell you that after this seminar.

James: Not eligible for the home loan, I just have some other questions to ask about um

the housing program. And I didn’t get a chance to ask her during the week because I

have to work. So Is there any way that I can just talk to her for just a few minutes. I’ll be

more than happy to attend a future seminar.

Acorn 1: So so you saying that you gonna leave the seminar now?

James: Because I thought I would be able to talk to her today for like just 15 minutes.

So I’ll be happy to come back to a different seminar to to

Acorn 1: This is basically on the seminar…

James: But I, I had some questions for her ah- some unique questions

You can’t call her at the close of the day?

James: I couldn’t do it this week and I just want to talk to her now. Is there, is there any

chance that she’ll be able to meet with me for…

Acorn 1: Not today.

James: She can’t, she can’t talk for like 5 or 10 minutes?

Acorn 1: Not today because the only problem about that once one clients start talking

then everybody else wants to talk. We don’t do that on Saturdays. On Saturdays its

strictly about the seminar and then you make your appointment after the seminar the day

you come in bringing your documents and talk about it [unintelligible].

James: Ok, its just .
Acorn 1: Its just too many people

James: I completely und…

Acorn 1: And we’re not allotted that much time.

James: I completely understand. Its just that I have a unique situation. And I don’t even

think I might be eligible for any of this

Acorn 1: You mean…

James: and I just want to ask the question.

Acorn 1: What do you mean a unique situation. I keep hearing you say that. What are

you saying?

James: Well, my ah, my partner is a ah, she’s in a unique line of business and I don’t

know if you allow

Acorn 1: Unique line of business? What are you saying?

James: Housing

Acorn 1: If you don’t tell us we can’t help you.

James: My girlfriend is a prostitute.

Acorn 1: Okay.

James: And I don’t know if

Acorn 1: I kind of figured that

James: Know if

Acorn 1: Okay, but go ahead.

James: So I, I’m running for, I go to Georgetown law school

Acorn 1: Uh huh,

James: You know

James: And I’m running for a local election and we’ve gone to a lot of mortgage brokers

a lot of mortgage banks and they just kick us right out.

Acorn 1: Okay Well uh
James: They call the authorities on us.

Acorn 1: Okay. Well we have a Realtor, I don’t know if um, she can answer that

question for you but umm, as long as you have your documents

James: Um huh

Acorn 1: That we ask…

James: Um huh

Acorn 1: That we asking you to bring in..

James: Umm humm

Acorn 1: When you have those documents ready you can sit down with um

James: But, but before going through all this process because I don’t want to waste your

time and frankly the banks have wasted my time, I want to make sure that that’s okay.

Acorn 1: Boone and Boone question. This gentleman is a law student at Georgetown,

his partner is a


working girl and they umm have been turned down several times at different banks what

um I mean,

Acorn 3: What does she have - Well that’s because she has to show some kind of


Acorn 4: Yes, sir.

James: Well she has an income.

Acorn 3: No, no she has to show it.

Acorn 4: Okay let me help them out.

Acorn 3: Okay, [unintelligible]

Acorn 4: She’s self-employed.

James: Yes.

Acorn 4: Well what you need to do, um has she filed taxes the last week?
James: No.

Acorn 4: Okay, that’s your challenge. Okay what you got to do from this day forward is

she needs to set herself up, you know like, um how do I say this. She needs to start

keeping track of income, create a, create a new name herself in business

James: Um huh

Acorn 4: Not the lady of the night thing but, create the name of a lil company. Okay?

And then she needs to start taking track of her income and she needs to file taxes. You

need to file taxes every year to establish an income. Even though she’s self-employee

because the one thing they’re gonna look for the guys that run this are very tight and

they want to see two years of tax returns. They want to know that shes got an

established income, and then she’s gonna have to keep records of how much shes, you

know like a a log of how much shes making so that they can track that.

And then [garble]

James: I know. But I hear what you’re saying but I can’t make this official. We can’t put

this on tax returns.

Hannah: Well and I need a house kind-of soon and I can’t I mean is there a way I can

make up two years of tax returns?

Acorn 4: No you can’t make it up. The guidelines are too tight. She can’t.

James: What I’m saying is that, you see what I’m saying, we can’t put this on paper.

Hannah: Yeah you can. How?

Acorn 4: She doesn’t have to

James: legal in this area okay?

Acorn 4: Okay baby.

James: Prostitution is not legal in this area.

Hannah: Here we should sit.

Acorn 4: Just listen, listen to me for a minute.
Acorn 4: She is in a business. Ok. I have a business. I have a trading as name. I’m a

sole proprietor. She’s a sole proprietor.

James: Um hum.

Acorn 4: Okay, what ever her name is. She can be Judy Joe ah, LLC. Your not saying

it is what she does, you just saying you just provide service. Its what it is, okay? She

provides a service.

Hannah: That’s what America is based on, goods and services.

Acorn 4: Yes, it is a service.

Acorn 4: Okay.

James: Yeah, but its not just any service and this is why everyone else has denied us

because they don’t want to brake the law. And I don’t want to be ineligible because I’m

breaking some law.

Acorn 4: Okay.

Acorn 3: Then she can’t be involved.

Acorn 4: You not, you’re not following what I’m saying.

James: Okay.

Acorn 4: You can have a business. She’s not going to put [unintelligible] that she’s

doing prostitution.

James: She’s not going to put on there?

Acorn 4: No, she doesn’t have to.

James: But that’s the reason for the, for us getting her the house.

James: I don’t they say they can’t meet with us but

Acorn 4: But I was saying

Acorn 4: You’re not following me.

James: I’ve, I’ve, here’s the thing
Acorn 4: [unintelligible] I have a business called legal investment services. I made up

this name. Okay,

James: yeah, yeah.

Acorn 4: I made up this name okay. And I have, I own a couple of pieces of property, I

have my tenants write the checks out to legal investment services

James: Um hum

Acorn 4: And I take those check and I put them in that bank account. Now when I file

my taxes, I don’t file under legal investment services. I’ll file it as a sole proprietor,

Laverne LaBoone. You understand what I’m saying, Laverne LaBoone?

James: Laverne LaBoone.

Acorn 4: Okay, even though I’m showing income on my taxes. Okay it’s the same with

her. She can be a sole proprietor and she’s making money, not saying that its those

kind of services but she’s just, whether she wants ta sell goods, whether she’s on the

telephone, whether she’s in marketing, she provides a service as a marketer – do you

understand what I’m saying?

James: I understand.

Acorn 4: Goods and ser, You don’t put down “I’m a [unintelligible] I’m a Lady of the

Night and this is where I’m getting my income.” They don’t want to know where your

moneys coming, all they want is accountability if you have a bank account or money

going into the bank to show that you’ve got income coming in monthly. If you have your

records where you’re documenting your records when she’s filing two years of taxes.

Acorn 4: That’s it.

Hannah: Well, I mean do I have to give all my money to the bank?

Acorn 4: If you want to, If you want to make enough money to show a, to be able to

qualify for a home
Acorn 4: So you, you need to understand if for example, if you want to buy a home

that’s like $150 – $200,000, then you probably need to sit with a lender. For example

and say, I want to buy a home in this price range, if you make a ton of money

Hannah: Um huh

Acorn 4: Then the lender will say “Okay well you need, Lets see if you make $50,000 a

year, and you tell him well I make about $60,000 a year. If you make $60,000 a year

then he will do the calculations and then he’ll let you know how much house you can

purchase. But you do have to put the money in the bank so its goin through the system

James: Um huh

you have to have accountability because lenders want to see bank statements.

Hannah: If, If, If I put my money in the bank and they somehow find out the line of

business I’m in can they take all my money and take my house?

Acorn 4: No they can not, they can not.

Acorn 4: See again, a lot was said some, some its all about disclosure. And you don’t

have to sit back and tell people what it is that you do. Now I have my own company, I

provide a service I am a marketer. I, I’m, I’m a consultant.

James: But, but maybe, I really appreciate this but there is one variable here – It’s not

just her. This housing is gonna be for a lot of girls. Okay.

Acorn 4: I can’t touch that. Now I’m not interested what this house is gonna be for

[unintelligible] …She needs to show accountability but it comes to what the lenders want.

[unintelligible] they gotta see two years of tax returns.

James: Um huh

Acorn 4: And they want to see um that the money is in the bank and they gotta see

where there is a flow of consistent income coming in

to be able to qualify for the loan.

Hannah: Um huh.
James: Well we’ve definitely have enough…But we definitely have enough cash.


Acorn 4: And see once upon a time, they had what they called no doc loans where you

didn’t need no document as long as you could show income and money in the bank.

[unintelligible] but see that no doc some of that stuff has been outlawed at least in

Maryland. You might be able to get a conventional, no doc loan but again you still have

to show two years of verification.

Hannah: Do you have info on the no-doc?

Acorn 4: Excuse me?

Hannah: Do you have info on those types of companies?

Acorn 4: You see, Again, Again, that’s where your going to have [unintelligible] your

going to have to talk to a lender again.

Acorn 4: But, but just

Acorn 3: What

Acorn 4: Just, I just, I tell


Um, I tell you what, let me just give you my card.

James: Um hum

Acorn 4: Just give me a call. The main thing is she’s gotta get documentation together -

bottom line.


James: I don’t want, I don’t want the Feds involved. Documentation.

Acorn 4: Sweetie. No. No.

James: Documentation is is

Acorn 4: It’s legal documentation. If she’s got a bank account and she’s gonna have

money in the bank.
James: We don’t, we don’t, she doesn’t have a bank account.

Acorn 4: Well then she’s gonna have to make her self out one. Here’s, here’s..

Hannah: I’m kind of afraid to make any ‘cause ever since I met him I left a group of

people and one guy in particular who was abusive and very controlling and um every

since I’ve left he’s followed me and there’s problems and I feel if there’s more paper he’ll

somehow get a hold of that and I might end up dead and then I won’t be around.

Acorn 4: Let me say this to you baby to to keep this for real, okay, keep this real. You

have a situation where you can’t buy a home because you don’t have the proper

documentation. If in fact, we put the documentation together and you start putting

money in the bank, ok and its not we have to do it with a disguise, start putting money in

the bank and if you make if you make $4,000 consistently just make sure $4-5,000 is

flowing through that bank account. On a $5,000 income per month that might be $60,000

a year. [unintelligible] ..your employees..you’re going to have to write it off you’re going

to have to have some expenses.

Acorn 3: Profit and Loss

Acorn 4: Yeah, profit and loss statement. So you might want to say well because I am a

consultant - don’t tell them [unintelligible] and when you come to a business, you don’t

dress like that. Okay.

James: Well, well she has to work later today.

Hannah: And, I was working all night so…

Acorn 4: But still [whisper]

James: Alright, alright

Acorn 4: If you walk in a bank like that its just [unintelligible]

James: Yeah. Yeah.

Acorn 4: Its business. I just want to point it out to you.
James: See this is the problem because I’ve had my political meetings and she’s my

girlfriend and I’m trying to set her up with a place so she doesn’t have to be beholden to

some pimp. You know what I – trying, trying to give her a new life.

Hannah: And he also wants me to have a place so that I’m not always around him when

he has his meetings and I have someone (staying with me?)

James: And she has some other girls some, some what? El Salvador?

Hannah: Yeah, their…

James: El, El, thirteen El Salvador girls working its just

Acorn 4: Okay to keep this real, you need, you can’t not, you can not buy a home right

now until you get your documentation together [unintelligible]. Because, because so

many people are losing houses and because a lot of lenders are just puttin’ people in


James: Alright.

Acorn 4: So verification of documentation, I, I’m just trying to help you.

James: Well, we’ve got the money. We got the money. So like you said.

Acorn 3: Paper trail, you’ve gotta have a paper trail. You’ve gotta have a paper trail.

Acorn 4: Gotta have a paper trail.

Acorn 3: You have to have a paper trail.

James: Okay

Acorn 3: So you could say, you name of your company is Hoppins,

James: What is it?

Acorn 3: Hoppins,

Acorn 3: Hoppins, Wha, I don’t care. I’m just givin you a an example. Make it Hoppins.

Acorn 4: You are a consultant, whatever you consult is your business but that you have

to show a profit and loss.

Acorn 3: You have to now because of the way the bankin system is goin. She has to.

James: Ah.

Acorn 3: The only other option you have is that you put it all in your name and she is not

on the loan.

James: So, I can be the one who ah, I have documentation right? So, I can, I can be the

one basically put up the house for it and she can perform tricks in the house.

Acorn 3: Yep.

James: Okay, and well all those girls too? All those, there’s like 10 girls? There’s 10 El


Acorn 3: I understand what you’re saying but because she has no paper trail, she won’t

be able to get anything right now.

Acorn 4: She can’t do it - She can’t do it …

James: But, but I could do it for her.

Acorn 3: Yeah, you could, the loan to be in your name and everything.

James: And she can use the house for her business.

Acorn 3: How you do it is your business – it’s your house.

Acorn 3: Whatever your doin there is your business.

James: I see.

Acorn 4: Let me say this to you,

James: Yeah,

Acorn 4: Since you’re a nice boy and your trying to put a girl back on the straight


James: I understand

Acorn 4: You want to make sure that you distance yourself from that. Straight up. And

the other thing is – okay, I know this is no disrespect to you, sweetheart. Okay?

James: Um hum
Acorn 4: The other thing is, you can buy the home.

James: Um hum.

Acorn 4: If you but the home, you have no knowledge of what’s goin on in that home.

He’s just [garble] the landlord.

I. I t, say that again.

Acorn 3: You have no knowledge of whats goin on you just the landlord.

Acorn 4: You have no knowledge of what’s goin on, I’m just keeping it real – your just

the landlord.

James: I’m just the landlord.

Acorn 4: You’re just the landlord.

And I’ll tell you another thing. What’s your name?

James: My name is James.

Acorn 4: James, that’s a good name – its my sons name.

James, don’t be going over there.

Hannah: Well, I…

James: Well, she’s my girlfriend.

Acorn 4: Look, baby.

Acorn 3: You’re missing what we’re saying to you, James.

James: I’m sorry.

Acorn 4: Take your, Open up your ears.

James: Alright.

Acorn 4: Ok take away the defenses.

James: Got it.

Acorn 4: Okay?

You’re in law school. You’re in political stuff.
James: Um hum

Acorn 4: I’m saying

James: Yes

Acorn 4: all someone needs to do is get wind that you got a house and that your

girlfriend is over there running a house of women of the night. You will not have a career.

You will be smeared and tarnished for life to come. So what I’m saying to you, all I’m

saying to you sweetheart, if your going to buy the home. Buy the home, you’re the

landlord. If you go over there and you go over there to pick up the rent once a month and

get you butt up outta there and you and your girl friend go somewhere else – you all do

what chu gotta do. But I would not be hanging around that house for anybody to put the

dots together.

Hannah: And I could just, when you know, the girls that are going to be living there, their

going to be paying me so I could just, ya know, sinc... give him the cash.

Acorn 3: Yeah, but what we’re saying is that he can’t hang out at the house.

Acorn 4: He can’t hang out there.

James: But, but, but…

Acorn 3: We know she’s your girl friend, but we’re talking about your career. How far

you trying to go?

James: I’m using the money that she’s getting, you know what I mean?

Acorn 3: Okay. But you don’t know where its coming from.

Hannah: It’s cash.

James: I, I, I personally know where its coming from.

Acorn 3: Right, but when the police ask you – you don’t know where its coming from –

that’s what we’re trying to tell you

James: Alright.

Acorn 3: We’re looking out for you. And, We’re, we’re..
Hannah: So he should just keep the cash on his boat?

O, o, ok

James: Ah, this is just too, Ah, I can’t

Acorn 3: If he’s gonna be


James: I’m using the money, alright. I’m using the cash. I’ve gotta get the cash

somehow. You tell me you want me to be disconnected from the house but, I gotta get

the money.

Acorn 3: Right.

James: She’s giving me the money – alright.

Acorn 3: What we’re saying to you is not that you can’t go to the house, you can’t hang

out at the house. You know when I go to my boyfriends house I stay for the weekend,

the week whatever. You can’t do that cause your going to be a lawyer. And if you plan

on doing anything, you can’t hang out at the house. You can go there for a couple of

hours but the days and nights – no, no.

James: Alright.

Acorn 3: She’s gonna have to be at your house. We’re looking out for both of you.

Hannah: You know I understand.

James: Alright.

Acorn 3: You don’t want to draw attention.

Hannah: I want him to have the best future – I understand that.

Acorn 3: Right.

Hannah: And I want him to be successful and why I’m working so hard and bringing

these girls in so when he does run for office he has unlimited funds.

Acorn 3: Oh I understand, I understand all that, I’m just telling you since you want to do

something political –
James: Alright

Acorn 3: you can be doing that hanging out at her house.

James: I understand, I understand.

Acorn 4: This I want to say too. If you’re getting this cash money and, and James

[unintelligible] you could be accountable where this cash is coming from. So James

what you got to do is set you up a business like you a consultant. You’re the one that

needs to say your self-employed cause your going to be having this cash come in. You

have to have your, you have to have something set aside for the cash. You the one that

needs to establish a business.

James: Alright, so I need to set-up a separate consultancy.

Acorn 4: So here’s I’ll tell you another thing – I’ll tell you another thing too.

Acorn 3: The uh, uh, ummm so basically,

Acorn 4: I don’t have here’s the other thing, I don’t have my real estate card, cause I’m

a realtor.

Acorn 3: Go ahead.

Acorn 4: I don’t have my but I’ll give you this card this has my email on it and my cell


James: Email – cell phone.

Acorn 4: Cell phone.

James: Alright

Acorn 4: But that’s, that’s not what I’m doing here I would consult with [unintelligible] I’m

a real estate agent.

James: Okay.

Acorn 4: But [unintelligible] represent a client I’d represent you on real estate on the real

estate side. But, see that why I can talk to you from a perspective of the [garble] side.

But you James, still has to, have you worked a full-time job, do you have a full-time job?
James: Ah yeah.

Acorn 4: Do you have a part-time job.

James: I’ve had a part-time job. Not right now

Acorn 4: Okay.

Acorn 3: No, no, no, I was just…

Acorn 4: Um, And then there is also going to want to see that you’ve been making

income on it on a part-time job for as well as two years to make income.

James: That’s going to be a problem, that’s going to be a problem. Because she’s

bringing in money I could never bring in.

Acorn 3: Okay. No, no. hold on. Its about time for you to go up so let him – give her a


James: Alright

Acorn 3: That way you can do it on a call. Give her a call

Hannah: Also, since you are a realtor are there certain neighborhoods where it would be

okay and like people would see me but that he would be safe coming too.

Acorn 3: Ohhh. Okay.

James: She might be able to help us.

Acorn 4: No, no, no. lets keep this real - let’s keep this real. Bottom line you got activity

with people come in and out of a house and you got neighbors, people see stuff. If they

see stuff so don’t think that people won’t eventually call the cops. SO what ever you do.

Hannah: Yeah that’s a big concern.

Acorn 4: You gotta be low key.

Hannah: Yeah

Acorn 4: Understand?

James: Yeah

Acorn 4: I gotta go upstairs
Acorn 4: There’s one other thing I wanted tell you – what your gonna have to do is say

that you’re getting a gift from somebody.

James: Okay

Acorn 4: Okay, but the money got to go in the bank. Because they want to see

verification, that they may want to show verification of a bank account.

James: Like a gift from

Acorn 4: And, and, and, she gonna have to be a sister.

Hannah: My sister, his sister?

Acorn 3: Give her a call.

James: Alright. I’ve got your business card.

James: Thank you.

Acorn 3: We’ll work it out. And, once you work it out she’ll tell you what to do - you’ll

Acorn 4: come back to see me. Huh? Yeah, yeah, yeah Okay

James: I got your business card

Acorn 3: Yeah that’s her business card. When you get finished just come back and see

me – once she tell you all you need to do.

James: You mean like a later date or

Acorn 3: Yeah

Acorn 4: Alright

Acorn 3: Once you get cause you have to establish that paper trail.

Hannah: Well what if, if he just does all the paper work and I just give him the cash then.


Acorn 3: When ever you get finished and you get it all straightened out – give me a call.

James: So like next week or something?

Acorn 3: Yeah, that’s right – I’ll be here.

James: Alright
Acorn 3: I’ll be here all next week.

James: What’s your name?

Acorn 3: Sherana Boone

James: Are you related to Laverne?

Acorn 3: No. No. We just happen to have the same name.

James: What a coincidence.

Hannah: I really – tell her I liked her necklace.

Acorn 3: Okay – no problem. You all have a good one.

James: You too.

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