Attorney General Laxalt Announces Multi-Defendant Racketeering Indictment Charging 5 Defendants with 36 Felony Counts for Running Businesses Fronting as Illegal Houses of Prostitution
November 15, 2018
Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that the Clark County Grand Jury returned a 36-count felony indictment against five defendants including Jeff Yu-Kuang Lin, Thomas Burnett Leitzen, Jr., Tony Matthews, Stan Li and Alan Christopher Russell for their roles in running unlicensed businesses operating as illegal houses of prostitution. The charges include Racketeering, Racketeering Conspiracy, both category “B” felonies, Pandering, a category “C” felony, Living from the Earnings of a Prostitute, Placing Person in House of Prostitution and Money Laundering, all category “D” felonies.
According to the indictment, the defendants owned and/or operated two houses of prostitution under the facade of the massage parlors Mango Spa and Japanese Spa and/or Jade Spa. Members of the enterprises would induce women to engage in acts of prostitution with paying customers, accept the earnings from known prostitutes and live off the earnings of these acts of prostitution. Additionally, the defendants counseled the prostitutes on how to avoid and detect law enforcement. Through these unlawful actions, the businesses obtained upwards of $3,000,000. The charged conduct was committed between January 2014 and July 2018.