October 30, 2017

Bartonsville man, hotel charged with sex and drug trafficking

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Faizal Bhimani, 41, of Bartonsville, Pennsylvania, and Om Sri Sai, Inc., doing business as a hotel operator in Bartonsville, Pennsylvania, were indicted by a federal grand jury on sex and drug trafficking charges.  The case was unsealed following the arrest of Bhimani.

The indictment alleges that from June 2014 to present, Bhimani, the manager of a hotel in Bartonsville, along with Om Sri Sai, Inc., facilitated and profited from drug trafficking and commercial sex induced by force, fraud, and coercion. 

The government is also seeking forfeiture of all assets including real property, and the liquor license of the hotel.

The U.S. Attorney’s office did not name the hotel but other media reports identify it as a Howard Johnson.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Stroud Regional Police Department, and the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

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