Las Vegas, Nevada - Hip hop producer Jamal Rashid, commonly known as “Mally Mall,” pleaded guilty in federal court to unlawfully owning and operating a prostitution business guised as escort businesses, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.

Rashid, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of use of an interstate facility in aid of unlawful activity. U.S. District Judge Richard F. Boulware II, accepted the guilty plea and scheduled a sentencing hearing for January 21, 2020.

According to information contained in the plea agreement, between April 2002 and September 2014, Rashid owned, operated, and managed several businesses in Clark County, Nev., that purported to offer legal escort services. Rashid admitted that he carried on an unlawful prostitution business through these escort businesses. He routinely used or caused others to use cell phones and other means to cause women who worked at his escort businesses to conduct acts of prostitution in Clark County. In some instances, Rashid’s credit card was used to pay for the airfare and other travel-related expenses and he used various paid websites, such as Backpage and Eros, to advertise the women for prostitution purposes. Furthermore, Rashid induced and enticed numerous women to engage in prostitution.

The case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Dickinson is prosecuting the case.