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Germaine Wallace, aka Jell-O: Alleged pimp busted for hooker ring run through strip clubs

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Cops say Germaine "Jell-O" Wallace was livin' large, sharing a $1.3 million mansion with a bevy of beautiful babes and exotic animals like an African wild cat named Goldie. And how did he finance this lifestyle? Allegedly by running a prostitution ring through high-profile Denver strip clubs with the help of four women accused of helping him recruit new talent.

Wallace has run afoul of the law in the past, reports the Denver Post. He and another man were convicted in Florida of armed sexual battery and more after luring two Ohio females, ages seventeen and eighteen, to the Sunshine State. There, the men are said to have kept their victims in a house against their will and forced them into prostitution.

For this crime, Wallace served over seven months in jail -- but his time in stir allegedly didn't dissuade him from starting up a more complex version of the scheme after gaining his freedom. According to affidavits obtained by the Post, four women -- Allison Kelly, Amber Wilson, Teresa Weeks and Kara Laughead, the supposed "mother" of the group -- traveled with Wallace to Colorado. Once here, they'd score jobs at clubs such as the Diamond Cabaret and PT's All Nude, then entice women they met on the grind into joining Team Jell-O.

Being part of the squad wasn't easy. Cops believe the women were required to take in a minimum of $500 a night for sex acts commonly performed in private lap-dance booths without the knowledge of club management. At night's end, they'd spread out cash on a table for Wallace to collect.

This bounty allegedly paid the rent on a $1.3 million property near Castle Rock large enough for Wallace and his employees to dirt bike, plus exotic pets like the aforementioned Goldie and a kinkajou native to rain forests, plenty of weapons and a handful of cars, including one sporting a sticker of Bugs Bunny getting fresh with Jessica Rabbit.

How'd this skanky dream world come apart? Thanks to the arrest of a twenty-year-old who told police about Jell-O's approach, which she described as being far from benign. She said Laughead told her, "My man will take good care of you" -- but instead, he forced himself on her by threatening violence that hovered over her time in the posse. While on the job, she told cops, she had to text Wallace each hour to let him know how much money she'd made. She averaged $800 per night.

Not anymore. Wallace was busted in November, and he's since surrendered the home, the guns and more. However, he's currently free on bail, and his defense attorney, Harvey Steinberg -- a lawyer best known for his work with high profile athletes in trouble -- proclaims his innocence to the Post. "Don't believe everything you read," he advises.

Look below to see booking photos of Wallace, charged with pimping, pandering, sexual assault and illegal weapons possession, and the four women, who also face a felony pimping count.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Michelle Schramm: Evidence against alleged prostitution boss includes bulk condom orders."

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