Prostitution Case U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. sentenced a Gaithersburg man yesterday to 27 months in prison for transporting undocumented immigrants across state lines to work as prostitutes. Jonathan Lopez-Cruz, 31, pleaded guilty in September.

Lopez-Cruz is the common-law husband of Elsy Aparicio, who was indicted last month by a Greenbelt grand jury in a similar case that involves six other defendants. Prosecutors said Aparicio belongs to a prostitution ring that brought women from the New York area to work as prostitutes in apartments in Montgomery County. The trial in that case is to begin Feb. 7.


Victim Identified D.C. police identified the person slain early Saturday in Southeast Washington as Andre R. Jackson, 22, of Temple Hills.

Jackson was shot about 3:50 a.m. in the 1500 block of Butler Street, police said.

Fatal Shooting An unidentified man was found slain early yesterday in Northeast Washington, D.C. police said.

The man, who had been shot several times, was discovered about 1:10 a.m. behind the wheel of a car in the 1300 block of Bladensburg Road, police said. He died at the scene.

Appeal for Information D.C. police appealed for help yesterday in solving the slaying of a 33-year-old bartender outside a Northwest Washington nightclub several months ago.

Andrei Apostolov of Rockville was beaten about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 30 outside Club Five in the 1200 block of 18th Street, police said. He died two days later of a severe head injury at George Washington University Hospital.

Police urged anyone with information to call them at 202-727-9099.


Immigration Fraud A McLean man who admitted running a large-scale immigration ring was sentenced Friday to 44 months in prison and ordered to forfeit his house and pay a $3.2 million judgment.

Naran S. Ivanchukov, 67, owned Global Recruitment and Immigration Services Inc. in Falls Church, which helped immigrants obtain green cards through a U.S. visa program that allows employers to sponsor immigrants if the employer cannot find a qualified American worker. Federal authorities said Ivanchukov and his co-conspirators charged immigrants as much as $120,000 to handle their visa applications. Records showed that Global filed at least 1,400 phony applications, federal prosecutors said.

Ivanchukov pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and conspiracy to defraud the government of income taxes. Global's vice president, Michelle I. Pappadakis, 31, of Sterling, pleaded guilty to structuring Global's transactions to avoid tax reporting requirements and was sentenced to 18 months.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.