Dentist drilled in Marina Towers prostitution ring
A Near North side dentist was charged Wednesday with providing nine apartments at Marina Towers and eleven luxury cars to help operations of a nationwide prostitution ring.
Gary S. Kimmel was indicted by a federal grand jury on money laundering charges and interstate transportation of unlawful proceeds in aid of racketeering in connection with the ring that authorities said extended from Michigan to Hawaii.
The indictment alleged that Kimmel,56, who lives in a condominium at Marina Towers, 300 N. State Street, accepted approximately $375,000 in payments from a pimp and his prostitutes for use of apartments and the cars.
Kimmel, 56, has owned his dental practice on East Erie St. for over 27 years. His website promising "Professional Quality Dental Care for the Entire Family'' also contends Kimmel is a graduate of Northwestern University Dental School where he was a former faculty member.
According to an affidavit attached to court documents, a 17-year old confidental informant who worked as a prostitute told the FBI she was introduced to Kimmel in March, 2004 after being sent to Chicago from Honolulu. The teen said Kimmel cleaned her teeth before she was driven in his Corevette to Detroit to work as a prostitute.
If convicted, Kimmel could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of at least $500,000. He could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.
A statement issued by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said the charges against Kimmel were filed as part of "Innocence Lost," a national investigation tackling criminal activity involving prostitution.