FARMINGTON — The owner of a spa in Layton has been accused of laundering money and exploiting prostitutes.
Zehong Wang, 56, was formally charged in November with money laundering, a second-degree felony; exploiting a prostitute, a third-degree felony; and sexual solicitation, a Class B misdemeanor.
The investigation began when the Davis County Attorney’s Office received an anonymous letter stating “illegal activity” was happening at Layton’s Golden Day Spa, charging documents say.
On three separate occasions, a Layton Police officer conducted undercover operations and was “solicited for sexual acts in exchange for money,” documents say. Documents also say that on two of the occasions, the owner of the business, who is identified as Wang, attempted to solicit the undercover officer for sex in return for money.
When police began to watch the business, they discovered the workers — as well as Wang — were living out of the business.
Police also discovered a “large number” of men were visiting the business late at night, past 10 p.m., documents say.
On Oct. 17, police searched the business and found client lists and money, documents say. Police also found money wiring receipts which documents say supports the allegation that the money was being illegally made through the sex business.
On Nov. 13, Wang’s attorney, W. Andrew McCullough, asked for her $20,000 bail — which she had already paid — to be reduced, according to online documents. However, later Judge John Morris rejected the motion.
Ben Willoughby, a deputy Davis County attorney, told the Standard-Examiner that Wang is a Chinese citizen, which makes her a flight risk to flee the country.
However, Wang was present at her initial appearance in Farmington’s 2nd District Court on Wednesday, Dec. 27.
As of Thursday, Wang had paid bail and is not in custody of the Davis County Jail.
Her next court appearance is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 2, 2018, in Farmington.