7/19/2012 – OKC, OK — A member of the infamous Oklahoma City Coulter/Diaz prostitution and human trafficking ring pleads guilty and is sentenced.
Julianne Renee Rupert, 30, of Norman and Oklahoma City was charged in September of last year with felony racketeering in Oklahoma County court along with her alleged co-conspirators, Elizabeth Andrade, Christina Byler, Mario Diaz and Germaine Coulter (media link).
Rupert, a known prostitute, is said to have played a minor leadership role within the Coulter/Diaz prostitution and human trafficking ring and was a one time ‘bottom bitch.’ During the course of the criminal investigation, evidence linking Rupert to the financial holdings of the criminal enterprise were uncovered.
As previously report on JohnTV, the Coulter/Diaz criminal enterprise is recognized by many within law enforcement as the largest prostitution and human trafficking ring in the state – making as much as $200,000 per month dealing in sex and drugs.
The ring often used violence and coercion to force women to prostitute for their financial benefit. More than one woman associated with the organization has diedunder suspicious circumstances.
Diaz was recently featured on America’s Most Wanted during their human trafficking special on the Lifetime channel. Coulter’s upscale residence in north Oklahoma City was recently exposed by JohnTV’s own Video Vigilante Brian Bates. Within days of that exposure Coulter, Byler, Andrade and Diaz were all taken into custody.
Last Wednesday Rupert appeared before Oklahoma County Judge Ray Elliot and pled guilty to a reduced charge of conspiracy to commit a felony – concealing criminal proceeds. As part of her plea, Rupert avoided prison and was sentenced to 10-years deferred, 20 weekends in the Oklahoma County jail, two years DA supervision, a $50 fine, $50 VCA and court costs.
In 2009 Rupert and Coulter were arrested in a joint operation by Oklahoma City and Edmond police, IRS agents, the FBI and a sheriff’s task force on drug possession charges and maintaining a dwelling were drugs are kept and sold. At the time of Rupert’s arrest court records show she owned and was residing in a $500,000 home in an upscale Edmond neighborhood along with Coulter. Public records show the home was in the name of John Sivigliano, a man known to the FBI and alleged to have ties to organized crime. Coulter, at the time, listed his address as a $200,000 home in NW Oklahoma City. That home is still in his name but is currently in foreclosure.
Public records show that Coulter currently owns a $260,000 home in far north Oklahoma City, and two commercial properties on Linwood near downtown Oklahoma City (property 1 and property 2). Court papers in the current racketeering case indicate that prosecutors believe Coulter was planning to use the two commercial lots as retail used car lots in an effort to launder the proceeds of his prostitution and drug trafficking. Prosecutors allege that Coulter previously used a Edmond based carpet cleaning business and a luxury vehicle leasing business as a front to launder their proceeds.
Rupert pled guilty in September of 2010 to possession of marijuana and was serving a three year deferred sentence when she was charged with felony racketeering. As part of her latest plea agreement, her 2010 probation was not revoked (because, despite what law enforcement and prosecutors tell the public, Oklahoma does not take a strong stance against prostitution and human trafficking).
Coulter, Diaz and Andrade are scheduled to hold their preliminary hearings on August 31. Byler has waived her preliminary hearing and is set for pre-trial conference on October 10. Court records indicate Byler is attempting to negotiate a plea bargain.
It is not known if Rupert has agreed to testify against her co-defendants as part of her plea.