TOPEKA, KAN. – A woman who operated massage parlors in Lawrence and Topeka pleaded guilty Tuesday to operating a prostitution business, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Weiling Nielsen, 54, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy. Nielsen owned and operated Naima Asian Massage and Serenity Health Spa in Lawrence, as well as Jasmine Massage in Topeka. In her plea, she admitted the massage parlors provided sexual services to customers for payment in cash. Nielsen and others advertised the services on the internet. Nielsen and her husband deposited cash into various bank accounts and purchased money orders for deposit in bank accounts in California.
In her plea agreement, Nielsen agreed to pay a $650,000 judgement, which represents the proceeds of the crime.
Sentencing is set for May 15. Both parties are recommending three years on federal probation.
McAllister commended the FBI, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Topeka Police Department, the Salina Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney for their work on the case.