‘Skin’ producer Dillon Jordan charged with running international prostitution ring
Dillon Jordan, the producer of a 2018 biographical drama film documenting the life of a former neo-nazi skinhead, was arrested and charged in federal court last week for allegedly using his movie company to spearhead an international prostitution ring.
In a federal indictment unsealed on the 15th in New York, Jordan was charged with money laundering and violations of the Mann and Travel Acts. Federal authorities say the 49-year-old filmmaker ran the proceeds of his alleged prostitution racket through two front companies.
“As alleged, for years, Dillon Jordan operated an extensive and far-reaching prostitution business, using a purported event planning company and a movie production company to conceal the proceeds he made from exploiting women. Now the party is over and the film is a wrap,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said.
According to court documents, Jordan orchestrated an extensive prostitution operation involving a roster of several women who, in exchange for payment, performed sex acts on his clients throughout the US and abroad. Authorities say Jordan communicated with his clients through email, where he would discuss various women, travel logistics, and the price of prostitution services.
At times, federal prosecutors say, Jordan himself made arrangements for the “interstate travel” of both clients and women who were to engage in prostitution. He’s also alleged to have shared clients and prostitutes with another woman from the UK whose name is currently under seal.
Jordan allegedly funneled the prostitution ring through two businesses — an event planning company and his California movie production company, PaperChase Films. He’s said to have opened several bank accounts for the companies, which he used to accept cash, wire transfers, and checks for payment from clients.
“By using the two front companies to receive deposits from the prostitution business, JORDAN ensured that transactions involving those proceeds from the prostitution business would disguise the nature, source, and origin of those proceeds,” the New York Justice Department said in a statement.
As part of his bail terms, according to CBS News, Jordan has been barred from contacting any of his alleged victims or anyone likely to be called as a witness in the case. In front of a federal judge last week, Jordan expressed confusion with the order.
“They haven’t said anyone’s name so I don’t know who any are,” Jordan told a US Magistrate Judge.
The movie producer was also ordered to surrender several firearms to law enforcement, who could also search his home at random.
“They’re going to randomly search my house?” Jordan asked, eventually giving in. “I agree.”
FBI Special Agent-in-Charge George Crouch encouraged anyone who “felt victimized” by Jordan to contact his FBI Field Office in Newark, New Jersey.
“This defendant apparently thought he could hide his alleged criminal dealings behind a supposedly legitimate business. But the FBI, in its mission to protect our citizens, uses every tool at its disposal to unmask those who violate federal law and assist the impacted victims,” Crouch said. “We encourage anyone who was victimized by this defendant, and anyone with additional information, to contact our Newark field office.”
Jordan is ranked in the top 5,000 producers and actors registered on the online film database IMDb. Jordan has 13 producer credits to his name on the site and currently has one short film in production, titled That Witch We Call Rose. In 2018, he won Best Producer and Best Producer Fan Favorite at the Christian Film Festival for his role in 2020's One Nation Under God.
Jordan has been formally charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Mann Act, one count of enticement, one count of use of interstate commerce to promote unlawful activity, and one count of money laundering. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in federal prison.