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Two Columbus Massage Parlors Shut Down For Tax Evasion

The Indiana Attorney General's office shut down two massage parlors in Columbus that have been accused of facilitating prostitution.

Bartholomew County Courthouse

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The Bartholomew County Prosecutor's Office partnered with the Attorney General and the Columbus Police Department on the case.

Two massage parlors in Columbus have been shut down because of a failure to pay sales tax to the state. In a statement released Friday, Attorney General Greg Zoeller said the two businesses were being investigated because of complaints of alleged prostitution.

“The office of the Attorney General has collaborated with local law enforcement and the prosecutor here in Bartholomew County to bring not only these criminal charges but also charges of tax evasion for failure to remit and collect sales tax,” he says.

Zoeller says the charges make it clear that neither Daily Spa nor Ping Spa were operating a legitimate business.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, Daily Spa owes the state nearly $147,000 and Ping Spa owes more than $215,000 in unpaid taxes, along with a fraud penalty and interest.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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