Update #2: Additional Arrest Related to Massage Parlor Investigations #GVCopBeat

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Below is updated information provided by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office regarding additional arrests related to the ongoing investigation of local massage parlors.

Mei Feng Dai, 49, of Clifton
Local Law Enforcement Part of FBI Investigation into Human Trafficking at Asian Massage Parlors

Update Provided on June 18, 2014 — Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit deputies who assisted with the multi-agency conducted human trafficking investigation yesterday, charged the sole proprietor of Balanced Healing Massage and Day Spa, with local charges. Balanced Healing Massage is located at 3198 F Road, Grand Junction, and Feng Mei Dai, 49, of Clifton, was arrested without incident yesterday evening.

Feng was charged and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on one count each of pimping (class 3 felony), money laundering (class 3 felony), and keeping a place of prostitution (class 2 misdemeanor). In addition to Feng’s arrest, Yunfang Xu, 46, of Clifton, was issued a summons for prostitution, a class 3 misdemeanor. Yunfang has not previously been booked into our detention facility, therefore no booking photo is available.

The U.S Attorney’s Office released information about an adult male, arrested and charged federally, in connection to Balanced Healing Massage. His charge is associated with the suspected improper use of a social security number/card. For more information on his arrest and charge, contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office–Colorado District, directly.

Original Release on Tuesday, June 17, 2014:

The Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate massage parlors in the City of Grand Junction and surrounding Mesa County.  On Tuesday, June 17 the FBI, with assistance from the GJPD and MCSO, executed federal search and seizure warrants as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

The investigation centers on massage parlors where prostitution and possible human trafficking is suspected of taking place.  Part of the ongoing investigation will be to determine where the prostitutes are coming from, and whether these women are unwillingly being trafficked from city to city.

The four locations involved in today’s operation are:DSC03065

  • New Hong Kong Spa (333 North Ave. Unit #18)
  • Oriental Spa (2925 North Ave.)
  • Tokyo Spa (2912 North Ave. #2)
  • Balanced Healing Massage and Spa (3198 F Rd. Suite 106)

The investigation, which is led by the FBI, also includes the following agencies:

  • Grand Junction Police Department
  • Mesa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Western Colorado Drug Task Force
  • Colorado Trafficking and Organized Crime Coalition
  • Colorado State Patrol
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Internal Revenue Service

The investigation is continuing and we’ll provide more information as it becomes available.

Update #1 on Wednesday, June 18, 2014:

Below is a news release that the Department of Justice just put out regarding an arrest of a man connected to yesterday’s raid on the massage parlors:
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
NEWS RELEASE
John F. Walsh
United States Attorney, District of Colorado
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2014
MESA COUNTY MAN CONNECTED TO RAIDED MASSAGE PARLOR ARRESTED FOR FALSE USE OF A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Four massage parlors were raided yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation
DENVER – A Mesa County man, Wei Li, age unknown, a resident of Clifton, was arrested without incident at the Balanced Healing Massage and Spa for false use of a Social Security Number, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office announced.  The defendant appeared this afternoon before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Grand Junction where he was advised of his rights, and the charges pending against him.  Li is due back in court tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
According to the affidavit in support of the Criminal Complaint, on November 15, 2013, Bank of the West provided information regarding banking activity in accounts held by Balanced Healing, which included defendant Wei Li as a co-signer.  According to the investigation, when the Balanced Healing account was opened at the bank by Li and another person, Li presented a signature card, including information that Li stated he resided in Clifton, Colorado.  Li also presented a Washington driver’s license and provided a Social Security Number.  Li represented himself to be an unemployed truck driver and a non-resident alien.
Further investigation determined that Balanced Healing was in the client massage business and advertised erotic full body massages.  Starting in November 2012 through March 13, 2014, large amounts of cash was deposited in the Balanced Healing’s bank accounts and was used for the defendant and another person’s personal expenses.
During the course of the investigation into possible human trafficking, it was determined from the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of Inspector General that Li’s Social Security Number/ITIN is not a valid number and has never been issued.  Further, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation determined the ITIN number was also not valid.
Yesterday Li was present at Balanced Healing Massage and Day Spa in Grand Junction during the execution of a federal search warrant.  Li provided a Social Security Card dated 02/19/2014 with a different number, with “Valid for work only with DHS Authorization” written upon it.
If convicted of false use of a Social Security Number, the defendant faces not more than 5 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine.
This case is being investigated by the FBI, Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Heldmyer.
A criminal complaint is a probable cause charging document.  Anyone accused of committing a federal felony crime has a Constitutional right to be indicted by a grand jury.
The charges contained in the Criminal Complaint are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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