NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - According to a report released by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, Julie’s Spa,  a massage parlor on 525 Milltown Road, North Brunswick,(across from the A&P)  was among six locations closed due to prostitution and money laundering.  19 individuals have been arrested in a joint effort by the North Brunswick, Edison, and South Plainfield police departments.  

The massage parlors, four in South Plainfield and one each in Edison and North Brunswick, were shuttered during a series of raids that began on November 19, 2015 and ended on November 20, 2015

Investigators acted on an anonymous tip sent to Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc.  The investigation of the massage parlors began in March 2015 by the South Plainfield Police Department. The investigation was expanded after it was determined that the massage parlors were funneling illicit cash through a variety of expenses that included paying bills, financing advertisements for the businesses and paying state and municipal licensing fees. Money laundering is the generic term used to describe the process by which criminals disguise the original ownership and control of the proceeds of criminal conduct by making such proceeds appear to have derived from a legitimate source.

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One operator laundered more than $150,000 in illegal cash, while others spent between $25,000 and $60,000 in the money laundering scheme, say police.

Also assisting in the investigation are members of the New Jersey Department of the Treasury Office of Taxation, and the federal Homeland Security Investigation Human Trafficking Unit and Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Newark.

 

Prosecutor Carey thanked the investigators for countless hours of work on the case. “The law enforcement agencies of Middlesex County will remain diligent in closing down businesses that not only breed illegal activity but harm neighborhoods and infringe on the quality of life for all of our residents,” Prosecutor Carey said.

The highest bail was set at $60,000 for individuals who were charged with more serious second-degree offenses, while other bails ranged from $20,000. Some were released in their own recognizance.

According to police, the massage parlors that were closed in the raids were identified as:

 

*Pro Spa, 902 Oak Tree Avenue, South Plainfield

 

*Q Health Center, 4475 South Clinton Avenue, South Plainfield

 

*Oriental Wellness Center, 2201 South Clinton Avenue, South Plainfield

 

*New Gold Day Spa Inc., 2013 Park Avenue, South Plainfield

 

*Julie’s Spa, 525 Milltown Road, North Brunswick

 

*Pro Acupressure Inc., 1910 Oak Tree Road, Edison.

 

The individuals charged during the investigation include the following:

 

*Chunlan Cui, 51, Edison, second degree money laundering, third degree promoting prostitution

 

*Sheng Lin, 42, Edison, resisting arrest, obstruction, third degree conspiracy of money laundering

 

*Quan Xiang, 45, Flushing, N.Y., engaging in prostitution, a disorderly persons offense

 

*Ock Lee, 44, Flushing, N.Y., engaging in prostitution, a disorderly persons offense

 

*Ok-Soon Hyung, 50, Flushing, N.Y.; engaging in prostitution, a disorderly persons offense

 

*Longshi Yu, 45, South Plainfield , third degree promoting prostitution, fourth degree engaging in prostitution

 

*Piao Shunshan, 54, Flushing, N.Y. third degree money laundering, third degree promoting prostitution, fourth degree engaging in prostitution

 

*Yongri Jin, 39, Scarborough, ME, third degree money laundering

 

*Dan Chen, 39, Flushing, N.Y., fourth degree promoting prostitution, fourth degree maintaining a nuisance

 

*Mei Ling Jin, 49, Peapack, engaging in prostitution, a disorderly persons offense

 

*Ling Zhang, 44, Flushing, N.Y., engaging in prostitution, a disorderly persons offense

 

*Ge Yu Qi, 43, Flushing, N.Y .fourth degree promoting prostitution, fourth degree maintaining a nuisance, engaging in prostitution, a disorderly persons offense

 

*Xiao Liang Huang, 38, Flushing, N.Y., engaging in prostitution, a disorderly persons offense

 

*Chun Mei Zhou, 37, Queens, N.Y., fourth degree promoting prostitution. Fourth degree maintaining a nuisance

 

*Paul Turpanjian, 53, Ridgefield, third degree money laundering, third degree promoting prostitution

 

*Lianying Ji, 53, West Orange, third degree money laundering

 

*Marc Daichman, 60, West Orange, third degree promoting prostitution

 

*Xiao Fei Li, 50, College Point, N.Y., third degree money laundering, third degree promoting prostitution, and

 

*Bongkyu S Jung, 50, Cliffside Park, second degree money laundering, third degree promoting prostitution.

 

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Powell of the North Brunswick Police Department at (732) 247-0922; Detective Indano of the South Plainfield Police Department at (908) 755-0700, or Detective Tighe of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3300.

         As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the individuals accused in this case are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.