The owner of a Brighton Center massage parlor whose workers offered customers sex for an extra fee has agreed to repay the money she got from two federal pandemic-relief programs last year because prostitution is not one of the businesses for which proprietors were allowed to claim such money.
The feds charged Aticha Jittaphol, 32, of Brighton, owner of the Mantra Dhevi Spa on Academy Hill Road, with two counts of making false statements in federal loan applications, because the applications for both the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and the Paycheck Protection Program required applicants to certify their businesses were not doing anything illegal.
"However, her employees at Mantra Dhevi Spa engaged in prostitution from which she collected a portion of fees paid by each customer," the US Attorney's office reported. "Jittaphol also actively promoted the prostitution by recruiting employees and attracting new customers."
At the same time the US Attorney's office filed an "information" with the charges in US District Court in Boston, Jittaphol submitted a plea agreement in which the US Attorney agreed not to seek prison time if she repaid the $7,066 she received and if she agreed to three years of probation. The deal still has to be approved by a judge.