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.