Michigan Jail Cell Was Web Porn Executive’s VIP Office

photo credit: adam jonesFor more than 18 months, Francis A. Sharrak was able to manage his multimillion-dollar Internet porn and strip club business using just a laptop computer and a telephone.

And he was able to do it all from his secluded office space in downtown Detroit — a VIP cell at the Wayne County Jail.

Sharrak, 44, of Farmington Hills, was awaiting sentencing on federal tax evasion charges when he was locked up in Wayne County in August 2010. Health problems and numerous requests for delays kept him there until May 2012.

He was serving as his own lawyer and asked for the laptop computer to prepare his arguments for his sentencing, court records show. But he wasn’t supposed to have it.

“Now, I am the first one ever to have a computer in the history of this jail,” Sharrak boasted to a female friend in a recorded phone call from his jail cell in January 2011. Federal prosecutors used the transcribed jail house call to further their argument to a judge that Sharrak should receive a high-end sentence because they said he failed to learn his lesson and repeatedly broke the rules.

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