Inmate, Francis Sharrak, Ran Multimillion-Dollar Porn Site From His Prison Cell

Inmate, Francis Sharrak, Ran Multimillion-Dollar Porn Site From His Prison Cell
World
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

A jailed porn king ran his web empire for more than 18 months behind bars by using a laptop in his cell and prison telephones, authorities said. Francis Sharrak, 44, of Farmington Hills, was acting as his own lawyer at the time. 


He asked for the laptop to prepare arguments in his federal court sentencing for tax evasion in April. 


Sharrak was being held at the Wayne County Jail in Detroit in a cell for high-profile inmates. 

Jail officials acknowledge that Sharrak had the computer without proper permission but called it an isolated incident.


The case involved an employee who has since been fired for other reasons, under-sheriff Daniel Pfannes said.

During a recorded phone call from jail in January 2011, Sharrak can be heard saying: ‘Now, I am the first one ever to have a computer in the history of this jail.’

Federal prosecutors asked the judge to consider a transcript of the call when sentencing Sharrak.

Pfannes said: ‘We were misled initially by an employee who said there was a court order giving him access to a laptop computer.’

Officials later learned there wasn’t a court order and the department also changed policies to avoid a repeat in the future. 


On March 8, the sheriff’s department seized the convict’s computer. Sharrak filed a motion to have it returned, saying he’d had it since August 2010 and that it was essential to his defense.

A federal judge denied the request.

Sharrak currently is in federal prison. He wasn’t charged for any actions in jail but prosecutors asked a judge to consider them at sentencing.

‘Through his past conduct as proven at trial, and his apparently continuing conduct of the same nature, even while confined, defendant has shown that he simply refuses to abide by laws, rules, restrictions and directives imposed upon him,’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl Gilmer-Hill wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

Between 1997 and 2001, federal prosecutors said Sharrak made $3.7 million from his business operating and promoting adult websites and from being a consultant to strip clubs. 


He also was convicted of failing to file tax returns. His sentence included six years in prison and $4.2 million in restitution.

He is being held at a federal prison in Morgantown, W.Va.

Stephen Willard | Elite.

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Julian Sonny

From the sandy beaches of Hawaii, to the streets of New York: Julian has seen it all. His lifetime of travels has given him a broad scope of knowledge and an eclectic taste unlike any other in the tri-state area. Julian has often been compared to cultural icon, The Rock, because of his unequivocal work ethic and warrior-like stature.

More In World

World Adam Matula

Baby Elephant Has Some Serious Ribbon Dancing Skills (Video)

Elephants are apparently masters of ribbon dancing and rhythm gymnastics. Recent footage captured by tourists shows Faa Mai, a baby elephant who was rescued and currently lives at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, showing off in front of friends with a large blue ribbon. The intriguing baby elephant does tricks with the ribbon, spinning […]

World Adam Matula

Drunk Guy Somehow Manages To Get Stuck Under An ATM Door (Photos)

When an ATM swallowed his card, a drunken Cheng Kao got scared he might get locked inside the glass booth. He tried to escape by squeezing underneath the glass wall. Instead, he ended up stuck for an entire night. Concerned citizens of Zhejiang, an eastern province in China, called to report the stuck, unconscious man. […]

World Adam Matula

Once A Cheater Always A Cheater: Science Says Cheating Is Repetative

If your current partner cheated on their ex to be with you, it’s very possible you’re relationship is in serious trouble. Research suggests lovers who are “poached” away from others are more likely to cheat in their new relationships. Scientists at the University of Southern Alabama researched levels of commitment and satisfaction among 443 men […]

Also On Elite

Music

Kanye West Fired His DJ Because He Was Legitimately Terrible And Here’s Proof

Kanye West recently fired his DJ, Million Dollar Mano. It turns out Mano wasn’t performing anywhere near the level clearly expected of him. I imagine Kanye has pretty high standards in general, but, amazingly, this isn’t a case of Kanye running wild with hubris. In this situation, West was totally in the right. If you […]

Sports

5 Key Takeaways From Last Night’s NFL Hall Of Fame Game

The New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills 17-13 last night in the 2014 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. This annual contest concludes the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s induction weekend and kicks off the 2014 season. Here are some of the key notes from the first preseason game: 1. New Offense Should […]

Life

13 Ways Post-Grad Life In NYC Is Exactly Like Studying Abroad

You may have thought you would never experience the lifestyle you had when you studied abroad during your junior year. But if you’re headed to the Big Apple after college, you can experience that lifestyle all over again: the good, the bad and the completely broke. 1. You have never had so much free time. […]