David Mendelowitz, Ex-Dean Of Elite Scarsdale High School, Arrested In Drug And Prostitution Scandal

David Mendelowitz, Scarsdale High School dean

By Erin Fuchs

New York state's attorney general said today that 19 people had been indicted for allegedly participating in a massive money laundering and prostitution ring.

Prosecutors say defendants laundered money from prostitution, sex trafficking and drug sales through the small-business ad company Somad Advertising.

Somad, in turn, allegedly advertised the ring's prostitution services on Backpage.com and the Village Voice.

One of three "johns" who was arrested separately was David Mendelowitz, an ex-guidance counselor and dean of students at the prestigious Scarsdale High School, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a press release.

Mendelowitz, who was involved in the high school's drug task force, is charged with paying for both crack cocaine and sex, according to the attorney general. He's being arraigned today, a Schneiderman spokeswoman told Business Insider.

Here's a summary of the prostitution ring charges, from Schneiderman's press release:

Somad's lucrative enterprise partners were large-scale prostitution managers Ying Li, Wei Qu, Jian Hui Nu, Woosub Kim, Jay King and No Mi Kwon, and their employees, some of whom provided cocaine in addition to sex for sale. This enterprise utilized numerous shell corporations created with false information and which were used to process millions of dollars in credit card transactions which hid the true nature of the charges by claiming the corporations services were for cleaning, acupuncture, antiques, and party planning rather than for sex and/or drugs.

Each prostitution prong of the enterprise utilized the income derived from their illegal prostitution and drug related businesses to pay Somad for their advertising services, effectively laundering money through Somad, disguising the origin of the proceeds as legitimate advertisement payments. These payments to Somad were used to both pay Somad employees who ran the advertising business and to place additional ads which promoted their prostitution businesses. According to a review of Somad's financial documents, between January 1, 2010 and October 2012, prostitution businesses paid in excess of $3 million in advertising to promote their prostitution business.

And here's a list of the defendants:
  • MILAGROS KATZ, 50, Jersey City, N.J.
  • CHRISTOPHER FAIRBAIRN, 24, Forest Hills, N.Y.
  • SEAN BAGDONAS, 37, Lake Ariel, Pa.
  • VICTOR CONCEPCION a/k/a TORIO, 45, Caivta, Rizal, Philippines
  • ARLENE MEYERS, 67, Hendersonville, N.C.
  • YING LI a/k/a LILY, 48, Bayside, N.Y.
  • JAY KING, 52, Whitestone, N.Y.
  • WOO YANG a/k/a AHJUCI, 6o, Oakland Gardens, N.Y.
  • WEI QU a/k/a WILLIAM, a/k/a ANDY, 51, Flushing, N.Y.
  • JIAN HUI NIU a/k/a JAMES a/k/a BILL, 40, Flushing, N.Y.
  • XIAO JING QIAO a/k/a JOY, 25, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • WOOSUB KIM, 46, Fresh Meadows, N.Y.
  • SUN T. FINK, 61, Flushing, N.Y.
  • NO MI KWON a/k/a SARAH, 49, Palisades Park, N.J.
  • FANNIE HUBBARD a/k/a ALEX, 23, of Yonkers, N.Y.
  • MELANIE REYES, 27, Jamaica, N.Y.
  • SHI IN KANG a/k/a "OLDER MISS KANG", 58, Flushing, N.Y.
  • JACOB KIM, a/k/a "SARAH'S DRIVER" 36, Flushing, N.Y.

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Welcome King

High school I remember the days.

November 21 2012 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ying Li, Wei Qu, Jian Hui Nu, Woosub Kim, Jay King and No Mi Kwon...........................Ah so ! Confusious say naughty Chinese make big joke but end up in pokey.

November 21 2012 at 7:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't think this is a well written article, you get a lead in headline about a school dean that is very ambiguous ,as if he may have done something scandalous at the school ,as seems common these days.
You get to the article ,and he is one of a number caught up in a sting ,and only earns a paragraph .
And his crime is paying for a bit of nookey and some nose candy ? Big whoop.
Then we get something that reads about as exciting as a police blotter with a cast of names that you wonder if this an ethnic joke somewhere .
As Joan Rivers would say "Oh grow up" .
Like who do you people think the patrons of vice are ? not some dirty old man .
Its the respectable guy next door ,and always will be as long as we maintain two faces about sex and drugs .
Example , a good place to score some pot in my town , I can think of three , a lawyer , a judge ,and a very successful hairdresser .thats just what comes to mind at the moment. not to mention the bartenders and cab drivers .
It seems that the public facade of morality is established for the comfort of suburban housewives and their youngsters. It really is a dirty secret out there ,and when a guy gets caught doing what most guys are doing on the sly, they rake him over the coals .
I believe the concept of morality is akin to religious beliefs ,just something to keep the masses in control ,while those who make or enforce the rules do so for their own gain ,

November 21 2012 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Troy Simmons

I got to agree the headline is grossly misleading , he may have been the dean of a high school ( likely fired by now) but his crimes were not at the school thank goodness.

November 21 2012 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fannie Hubbard?

What about A. Non Ymous?

November 21 2012 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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