FARGO — A federal grand jury has indicted Harleigh J. Haugen, 20, and Jordan D. Kraft, 21, both Fargo, on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery.

The Indictment alleges that from May through June of 2019, Haugen and Kraft conspired with a group of young males and females to rob customers of commercial sex, according to a Monday, Nov. 2, announcement from U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Drew Wrigley.

According to information provided by Wrigley's office:

Haugen and Kraft and others posted ads promoting prostitution with adult women. The defendants sought to take advantage of a group of commercial sex customers whom they believed would be unwilling to go to law enforcement if they were robbed.

The defendants arranged to meet the victims in their private residences and in local apartments controlled by the defendants.

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Using weapons, the defendants robbed the would-be commercial sex customers by threats of force and violence. In some instances, the victims were physically assaulted by the defendants before they were robbed.

"While these violent defendants used a novel ruse to allegedly commit robbery, they still got ensnared in our high-priority anti-violence initiatives," Wrigley said.

Charges that had earlier been filed against Haugen in Cass County District Court appear to have been withdrawn, based on online records.

According to Wrigley, several of Haugen and Kraft’s co-defendants have also been indicted in North Dakota and are awaiting trial on various federal charges related to the alleged conspiracy, including: Shelton L. Moseby IV, 19, Fargo; Teajaha Shanette Laysha Grander, 24, Fargo; Tatyanna D. Grander, 21, Fargo; Teon T. Berry, 19, Fargo; Zachary R. Mitchell, 19, Fargo; and Jacoby R. Lee, 19, Fargo.

Charges that had earlier been filed against Haugen in Cass County District Court appear to have been withdrawn, based on online records.