Attorney General Ford Announces Sentencing of Las Vegas Woman for Operating Business Fronting as Illegal House of Prostitution

November 5, 2019

Las Vegas, NV - Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that Xiaomei Shen, 58, of Las Vegas was sentenced for her role in operating an unlicensed business fronting as an illegal house of prostitution. Shen served as a manager and worker at Oasis Health Spa in Clark County, NV, which was closed as a result of this investigation. 

Senior District Court Judge Joseph Bonaventure sentenced Shen to 12-32 months in prison, suspended and placed her on probation. Shen previously pleaded guilty to one count of Money Laundering, a category "D" felony. As part of the plea deal, she agreed to forfeit $824,522.64 and two parcels of real property seized as a part of the investigation, estimated to be valued at approximately $800,000. Pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute 201.351, the proceeds derived from the forfeiture will be distributed to programs for the prevention of child sex trafficking or for services to trafficking victims. 

"Abusing or exploiting individuals for profit is reprehensible," said AG Ford. "This case represents the largest forfeiture ever obtained by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and we are proud to hold this individual accountable for her actions and obtain a substantial recovery that will directly benefit victims of trafficking here in Nevada." 

This case was investigated by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Special Investigations Section, and was prosecuted the Office of the Nevada Attorney General's Criminal Prosecution Division. 

The criminal Information against Xiaomei Shen is attached.

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