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Posted: Friday, May 8, 2009 6:45 pm | Updated: 3:14 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Authorities announced Friday they made 19 more arrests and 43 criminal indictments in the ongoing Desert Divas investigation dubbed by law enforcement as the largest prostitution ring in Arizona history.

The arrests and indictments announced by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office covered four states and marks the first time clients are facing charges. Nearly 100 people have now been indicted in the investigation.

Sheriff's worker linked to prostitution ring

The arrests and indictments, which were made and handed down by a Maricopa County grand jury throughout this week, included Jillian Lybarger, 23, a detention officer from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

The people arrested and indicted on suspicion of prostitution-related offenses included prostitutes, four alleged VIP customers and people who were operating the business. The arrests and indictments spanned Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Washington state, according to the county attorney's office.

Three of the accused VIP customers indicted on charges of prostitution-related charges, including money laundering, pandering and illegal participation in an enterprise are: Lloyd Harris, 31, Harley Clayton Lisherness, 67, and Rodney Joseph Rosta, 62. Their city of residence was not available.

The fourth VIP customer, who was not named, had not been served Friday with his indictment, according to the county attorney's office.

Overall, the Internet-based operation included more than 100 prostitutes and generated $250,000 a month, according to Phoenix police, who began investigating the operation in 2007.

"This case is beyond prostitution. This was a major criminal syndicate that allegedly made millions of dollars. I am proud of the work done by our prosecutors and the skilled detective work of the Phoenix Police Department breaking the back of this syndicate," Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said in a statement.

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