Morris County prosecutors are looking to get than $9,000 in cash seized during several prostitution investigations conducted by law enforcement in Pequannock, Pompton Plains, and Riverdale.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office recently filed lawsuits for forfeiture of cash seized during the prostitution investigations. The lawsuits also ask the courts to turn over a 2008 Lexus RX 350, computer equipment, and other items found at the scenes of the alleged sex crimes.
Prosecutors filed the legal complaints in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, NJ.
The prostitution investigations conducted by Pequannock police took place during March and May. Undercover cops posed as potential patrons at Natural and Artificial Care, a massage parlor located on Newark-Pompton Turnpike in Pequannock, New Jersey.
According to officials, the suspects at the massage parlor offered to perform sexual favors after completing the massages.
A subsequent search of the massage parlor allegedly led law enforcement to find almost $7,000 in cash, a 2008 Lexus RX 350, a computer monitor, and a couple of iPads.
Police officers also seized cash and other items from GW Center, a massage parlor located on Route 23 in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. During the undercover investigation, police officers posed as potential customers and allegedly caught employees offering sex acts.
When police later searched the massage parlor, they allegedly found more than $1,200 in cash, as well as a laptop computer.
Police officers busted another alleged prostitution business at Riverdale Therapy, which is located on Hamburg Turnpike in Riverdale, New Jersey. Undercover officers posed as customers and were reportedly offered sexual services by employees of the establishment.
During a subsequent search of the premises, police allegedly found more than $1,100 in cash, a computer monitor, and a laptop computer.
Now Morris County prosecutors are seeking civil judgments in court that would allow the seized property to be forfeited. It is the contention of prosecutors that the property was used in the course of criminal activities at the massage parlors.
The investigations led to the arrests of eight women. The suspects were charged with a number of sex offenses, including promoting prostitution, conspiracy to engage in prostitution, maintaining a nuisance, and operating a sexually oriented business within 1,000 feet of residential property.
To learn more about this case, check out the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Morris Prosecutor Seeks $9,273 Seized in Prostitution Probes.”