Thursday, December 28, 2000

Feds look into massage spa

The Associated Press

        Billboards in Warren, a city in northeast Ohio about midway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, leave no doubt that it is a hub for massage spas. Now federal officials are looking into whether one is a front for prostitution.

        TheCleveland Plain Dealer reported Wednesday that a federal grand jury is investigating whether money laundering and prostitution occurred at the Bella Health Spa in Warren.

        Last week, the spa's former manager, Janet Blasens, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on charges of lying to a grand jury. She denies wrongdoing.


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