Nassau County police officers arrested a West Hempstead spa worker for prostitution Tuesday, bringing the arrest total to 11 for 2013.
According to detectives, an undercover operation determined that 52-year-old Peili Zheng, of Flushing, practiced massage therapy without a license while working at Shunyuan Spa, 357 Hempstead Turnpike, Suite 203.
Police say Zheng also offered to engage in a sexual act for an undisclosed amount of money.
Zheng is charged with unauthorized practice of a crime and prostitution. She will be arraigned on Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.
Tuesday's arrest marks the second trip police have made to Shunyuan this year. Two employees were arrested in January for unlicensed operation, one of whom was also charged with prostitution.
Two Flushing women were also arrested for prostitution last Wednesday at Lucy Day Spa, just down the road from Shunyuan at 300 Hempstead Turnpike.
In other news:
An Elmont man employed as a case worker for troubled teenagers at Mineola non-profit Family and Children’s Association was arrested Thursday morning on charges of stealing more than $25,000 in Medicaid funds, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.
A Wyandanch man and woman were arrested on robbery charges that occurred on March 6 at 8:20 p.m. According to detectives, the defendant Shean O Wills, 23, did drive the co-defendant Abigail Torres, 18, and began arguing with a 18 year old female victim on the corner of Broadway and Stonehinge Lane. During the argument Abigail slashed the victim on the left side of her face with a razor blade causing a laceration. Torres then took the victim’s cell phone and left in the car driven by Wills. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. After an investigation the defendants were located at their residence and placed under arrest. Wills is charged with first degree robbery and fourth degree criminal facilitation. Torres is charged with first degree robbery, first degree assault and fourth degree possession of a dangerous weapon. Both were arraigned on March 7 at First District Court in Hempstead.
Genine Powell of Buffalo offered to engage in a sexual act for an undisclosed amount of money while at the Pines Motor Lodge at 101 Taylor Ave. in Westbury March 1, according to Nassau County police who conducted an undercover investigation. Powell, 22, was taken into custody without incident. The defendant was charged with prostitution and arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead March 2.
A West Hempstead man was arrested on charges he forcibly touched a female in the Nassau Coliseum parking lot after the Islanders game on Sunday night. According to detectives, a 21-year-old victim was standing outside the Uniondale-based Coliseum with friends when Craig Stanley, 54, allegedly approached the group and proceeded to touch the victim in an inappropriate manner. Stanley is charged with Forcible Touching and is scheduled to appear on March 19 at First District Court in Hempstead.