Three arrested in prostitution bust

A joint investigation by the Oneida Indian Police Department Bureau of Investigation and the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Unit has led to the arrest of three individuals attempting to engage in prostitution activities at the Turning Stone Casino. Arrested and charged were Ross D. Calarco, age 26 of Syracuse, NY, charged with Promoting Prostitution in the Third Degree, a class D Felony, Amy M. Welcher, age 24, and Jennifer M. Marji, age 25, both of Syracuse, NY, charged with Prostitution, a class B Midemeanor. According to Sheriff's investigators and Oneida Indian Nation Police, Calarco was running a Prostitution business out of Syracuse, NY, and has recently been leaving business cards at the casino rest rooms. The attempted plan was to covertly enoucrage casino guests to call Calarco requesting his services by supplying women or men to the casino guest for personal services. Upon the Oneida Indian Nation Police learning of this unlawful activity, the Oneida Indian Nation Police initiated a three month investigation. The Nation Police Department contacted the Oneida County Sheriff's Office's Criminal Investigation Unit and orchestrated a joint undercover investigation into Calarco's illegal activity. On the evening of June 10th, the Oneida Indian Nation Police B.O.I. met with undercover Sheriff's Investigators who posed as clients looking for services from Calarco's prostitution operations. Sheriff's investigators arranged for a meeting with Calarco and two of his women at the hotel room. Upon the arrival of Calarco and his two females, an agreement for services and exchange of money took place in the hotel room. Shortly thereafter, Calarco, Welcher and Marji were taken into custody without incident. Calarco was arraigned in the Town of Verona Court and remanded to the Oneida County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. Welcher and Marji were both issued appearance tickets returnable in the Town of Verona Court.