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Four enter pleas in prostitution case

Four people pleaded guilty Friday in connection with prostitution activities at Sedona Tanning Salon, formerly Soft Hands Massage, 1922 Riverside Drive, Macon.

A news release from U. S. Attorney Michael Moore states: Hyeon Chae, 45, of Atlanta pleaded to single counts of conspiracy to promote prostitution and conspiracy to commit money laundering; Kye Wol Dyreson, 72, of Kansas, one count of use of an interstate facility to promote, manage, and carry on prostitution; Jin Noh, 50, of Florida and Ki Un Jordan, 51, of Atlanta, each pleaded to one count each of misprision of felony.

As part of the plea agreements, the defendants have admitted that the business has always operated as a "place of prostitution," and none of the women were ever licensed masseuses, the news release states.

Dyreson was the manager of the business and would greet customers telling them the female prostitutes would provide prostitution services, the news release states. Dyreson also controlled the cash and made sure the payments were deposited in Chae's bank account. She was the owner, according to the news release.

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The business received a "house fee" of about $40 to $60 which was paid to Chae. In addition to that, there was a weekly fee each female had to pay Chae that covered their food and a "daily tip" to Dyreson, the news release states.

The defendants used several bank accounts to launder money from the prostitution activities. During the course of the investigation, the business laundered more than $700,000, according to the news release.

Chae and Dyeson each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the prostitution charges. Chae faces an additional 20 years for money laundering. Jordan and Noh each face a maximum of three years in prison.

Authorities shut the salon down about a year ago.


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