Robert Kraft not ‘biggest name involved’ in human trafficking scandal: reports

Robert Kraft, owner of the six-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, has been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection with a human trafficking case linked to a Florida massage parlor chain – and recent reports suggest the sport’s billionaire owner might not be the most recognizable person involved in the investigation.

According to ESPN Adam Schefterthere would remain at least one other person associated with the prostitution ring, more important than Kraft, 77 years old.

“I’ve also been told that Robert Kraft is not the biggest name involved in South Florida,” Schefter said during an appearance on the news channel, according to USA today.

At a news conference Friday, Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr was asked if there were other individuals — more important than Kraft — among those who have been charged so far, and he answered no. However, Kerr said the investigation into the human trafficking allegations was ongoing and more arrests were possible.

Kraft – the 419th richest person in the world, with a reported net worth of $4.36 billion – has owned the Patriots for more than two decades, employing arguably the greatest quarterback in history in Tom Brady and regularly socializes with celebrities such as Meek Mill. it can be difficult to find someone with a name as big as him.

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The allegations against Kraft stem from two separate visits in January to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, which was identified as part of an alleged human trafficking and prostitution ring, reports the Palm Beach Post.

Kerr confirmed there is video evidence of Kraft and 24 other men accused of soliciting, the West Palm Beach TV station reported. WPTV.

“We are as deeply stunned as anyone,” he said when asked to comment on Kraft’s involvement, according to the outlet.

A Kraft spokesperson told PEOPLE: “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Since this is a legal matter, we will not make further comments.

The NFL released a statement to PEOPLE saying, “The NFL is aware of the ongoing law enforcement issue and will continue to monitor developments. »

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The decision whether to prosecute Kraft and the other men rests with the Palm Beach County State’s Attorney’s Office. If pursued, the solicitation charge would constitute a second-degree misdemeanor for a first offense, with a jail sentence of up to 60 days; a second offense is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison, according to Florida law.

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“Our concern in this investigation focuses on the victims of human trafficking,” Kerr said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

Earlier this month, the Kraft-owned Patriots celebrated their sixth Super Bowl victory against the Los Angeles Rams.