Operators of the male escort service under investigation denied in dozens of interviews that they have broken any federal laws.But credit card vouchers obtained by The Times reveal many instances of apparent double billing and what appear to be forged signatures. Asked about earlier reports that some of those clients included high-level officials in the Reagan and Bush administrations, Stephens said the investigation had not revealed "additional conduct which suggests criminal conduct on behalf of other people." . The Times named as clients several low-level government employees and Craig J. Attorney Jay] Stephens said the investigation into the alleged prostitution ring "is concluded" and that the indictment, which was unsealed yesterday, focused on those who allegedly set up the ring rather than on clients who reportedly patronized it. The Vinson case provoked additional notice after The Washington Times published reports last summer suggesting that the alleged prostitution ring had been patronized by government officials.The upscale Northwest Washington residence that served as a switchboard center for dispatching male prostitutes to local hotels, clients' homes and other meeting places was raided Feb.28 by federal and local police authorities investigating interstate prostitution and credit card fraud.Sovran canceled Professional Services' account after the comptroller of Chambers Funeral Home discovered the secret sex-for-hire card processing scheme. Chambers now funnels charge slips through another licensed credit card processing company, Executive Services, in Suitland.Part of the regional escort network is directly linked to employees at dozens of hotels in the area, those interviewed said.
Credit card charges and checks were deposited in the Sovran account, while cash paid for escort services usually was deposited at other area banks, including Riggs, National Bank of Washington and First American.
Besides helping to arrange "special" rooms for clients, these hotel employees also help to expedite guest requests for male and female sex.
There also are special phone banks located in each of the hotels - some public pay phones and other private lines - reserved for the homosexual network.
These accounts were usually in the names of the escort operators - principally Henry W.
Vinson, a 28-year-old owner-dispatcher for the services, and Jimmy Mako, 27, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge stemming from the February police raid on the switchboard headquarters, 6004 34th Place NW.