Couple fined, put on probation for brothel

JOHNSTOWN – A Georgia woman and her husband who were associated with a Logan Township brothel have been placed on probation and ordered to forfeit $250,000 by U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

Yon Park, 61, who worked at the Sunset Health Spa on Pleasant Valley Boulevard, was placed on three-years’ probation on a charge of transportation for illegal sexual activity.

She will be on home detention for the first 10 months.

Her husband, Steve Park, 56, was sentenced to three-years’ probation but will spend the first 12 months on home detention.

He was convicted on money laundering activities.

He was charged with conducting financial transactions associated with the proceeds derived from the unlawful interstate transportation of individuals for illegal sexual activity.

Steve Park was charged with violating two sections of the Internal Revenue Code.

The federal government, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee J. Karl last year requested that a judgment be entered against Steve and his wife, Yon, in the amount of $250,000.

Gibson, in an order filed Monday, entered the judgment against the couple.

According to the original motion for the forfeiture judgment, Steve Park “acknowledged that the [$250,000] represents the proceeds for the offenses charged in the [criminal] information.”

The Parks list their address as Suwanee, Ga.

The couple was arrested in October 2012, charged with bringing Asian women to Blair County to work at the Sunset Health Spa, 3307 Pleasant Valley Blvd.

Yon Park, known as “Coco,” ran the brothel while Steve Park kept track of the money.

The illegal enterprise was investigated by the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Haines prosecuted the case.

The sentences were reported Monday by U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania David J. Hickton.