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Altoona Spa Owner Sentenced to Probation with Home Detention for Money Laundering

February 24, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Suwanee, GA, has been sentenced in federal court to three years probation, with home detention for the first 12 months, on his conviction of laundering of monetary instruments, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Steve Park, 56, of Suwanee, GA.

According to information presented to the court, between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 10, 2010, Park, while the owner of The SunSet Health Spa, located on Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona, Pa., conducted financial transactions which involved proceeds derived from the unlawful interstate transportation of individuals for illegal sexual activity. By conducting these financial transactions with the illicit proceeds, he intended to engage in conduct constituting a violation of Sections 7201 or 7206 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Haines prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Mr. Hickton commended the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Park.

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