July 15, 2008

From the Desk of Phil Burress
President of CCV

Citizens’ E-Courier · July 15, 2008

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Brothel’s ‘straw owner’ pleads guilty

Ala. man ‘pretty much knew’ massage parlor’s real service

COVINGTON – The first of seven people arrested as part of a crackdown on massage parlors that federal prosecutors allege were fronts for brothels pleaded guilty Monday.

Steven Milly, 57, of Alabama pleaded to conspiracy to use a facility in interstate commerce to promote unlawful activity. The guilty plea averted a trial set to begin July 29.

He will be sentenced Oct. 27 by U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, three years probation and a $250,000 fine. Milly also agreed to forfeit about $2,000 that had been seized by federal agents.

Milly admitted during the court hearing to be the “straw owner” of Island Relaxation in Florence. The business was really a brothel run by Yong McClain and Soon Dorsey, U.S. Assistant Attorney Ben Dusing said during the hearing.

Milly told the judge that he “pretty much knew” the business was a front for prostitution.

He said he was paid $1,000 per month to allow his name to be used on the business’s documents. Federal prosecutors say the conspiracy began in December 2006 and ran through May.

Court documents do not indicate how Milly, an engineer with Boeing, knew his co-defendants.

Patrons would be charged a flat fee for getting in the door of the business. The customer would then negotiate a price with the masseuse for her to perform a sexual act, Dusing said. Many of these customers paid with credit cards.

McClain, 64, of Fayetteville, N.C., is expected to plead guilty Wednesday for her part in the conspiracy. A third defendant, Jin S. Ziegler of Fort Thomas, will also plead guilty on Wednesday, according to court documents. Federal prosecutors accuse her of giving a prostitute a ride from Atlanta to a massage parlor in Northern Kentucky in September.

Seven massage parlors in Northern Kentucky were closed after the raids in May. Indiana authorities also closed a series of massage parlors in the southeastern part of that state during the same month. At least 12 additional people were charged as part of the Indiana investigation.

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer, July 15, 2008