TOPEKA, KAN. – Three indictments were unsealed Tuesday alleging massage parlors in Topeka and Lawrence were fronts for prostitution, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Five people were charged in federal grand jury indictments alleging prostitution businesses generated millions of dollars in revenue. Charges included conspiracy, interstate racketeering, bank fraud and money laundering.
Among the defendants charged
S-Therapy in Salina, and that Mills worked with her. The indictment alleges Mills transported female sex workers from the airport to massage parlors and assisted Li in laundering cash proceeds of prostitution. The indictment alleges some of the money was laundered through casinos in Kansas.
Upon conviction, the alleged crimes carry the following penalties:
Conspiracy: Up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Racketeering: Up to five years and a fine up to $250,000.
Money laundering and money launder conspiracy: Up to 20 years and a fine up to $500,000.
Bank fraud: Up to 30 years and a fine up to $1 million.
The FBI investigated with the assistance of the Douglas County Sherriff’s Office and Salina Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney is prosecuting.