LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Three of four men charged in a case involving illegal houses of prostitution entered guilty pleas for their roles in running two different unlicensed businesses operating as houses of prostitution.
A fourth suspect is expected to enter his guilty plea next month.
Thomas Leitzen, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering. Tony Matthews, 49, pleaded guilty to pandering and money laundering. And Alan Russell, 49, pleaded guilty to money laundering. Stan Li, 37, is expected to enter his plea on June 12.
According to a news release from the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, the men were indicted on 36 felony counts for operating two houses prostitution under the facade of massage parlors called Jade Spa and Mango Spa.
“Exploiting women for profit will not be tolerated on my watch,” said Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford. “These guilty pleas signify my office’s continued commitment to protecting vulnerable Nevadans from exploitation.”