Brandon Todd, 20, of Naples, has pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.
Todd, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer M. Noto, called the FBI in April and early May claiming to have information about sex trafficking. Todd also claimed to be involved in sex trafficking and to have connections to a group involved in sex trafficking.
On July 10, the defendant made false statements to an FBI special agent that he had recruited approximately 49 girls for a sex trafficking ring and that he was a member of a gang. At the time, Todd knew that the statements were false.
Todd is scheduled to be sentenced on May 15.