SANTA ANA >> A hip-hop music producer was arraigned Thursday on four felony charges of pimping and pandering a pair of women this week at an Anaheim motel.
Brandon Christopher Ramsay, 24, of Granada Hills, also known as “Ramsay Tha Great,” pleaded not guilty to all charges, according to Orange County Superior Court records.
He was being held Thursday night in the Orange County Jail in lieu of $70,000 bail. If convicted, Ramsay faces a maximum sentence of seven years and four months in prison.
On Tuesday, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force discovered advertisements depicting two women, ages 18 and 20, selling sexual services, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
An undercover officer arranged to meet the women at a motel on Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim, the statement says. After police contacted the women, Ramsay called one of them multiple times asking for her location, according to prosecutors.
Officers spotted Ramsay driving into the motel’s parking lot and took him into custody. They found Ramsay in possession of undisclosed evidence and text messages sent to the women containing language consistent with pimping, the statement says.
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Ramsay generated headlines last month when he alleged Chicago rapper Chief Keef was the culprit behind a home-invasion robbery in Tarzana, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt. Ramsey reported to police that he was a crime victim, claiming that several men broke into his home and assaulted him.
Ramsay was criticized for “ratting” on the rapper, Wyatt said.
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