Operation Turning Off the H.E.A.T.


(For Immediate Release)

Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley and Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern Announce Successful Joint Operation Targeting Organized Crime

Oakland, Ca.- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern today announced the successful collaborative operation targeting multiple owners of massage parlors throughout Alameda County. After six months of planning and investigation, over four hundred local, state and federal law enforcement officers joined the DA’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, to execute 32 search warrants at 13 different business operating as massage parlors within the cities of Oakland, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Hayward, CA. Additionally, other locations were searched pursuant to the investigation in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Solano, Santa Clara and Sonoma.

Five distinct criminal operations were identified by the investigation. Law enforcement arrested 18 suspects who were the focus of this operation and 19 individuals have been charged by the District Attorney’s Office with felonies and misdemeanors, including pimping and pandering related crimes, tax evasion and labor code violations. Law enforcement seized and the court has frozen multiple assets, including bank accounts, cash, and cars. Each of the 13 businesses has been shut down.

“This investigation began after community members alerted the Sheriff’s Department to concerns about illicit activities at various massage parlors. The growth of establishments that claim to be massage parlors has become an ever increasing problem to our neighborhoods,” stated DA O’Malley. “What we have been able to accomplish today is to attack the businesses in an innovative manner; not only are the defendants charged with sex offenses, but we are hitting them where it hurts by filing actions to seize their real property and assets as well as charging them criminally with tax evasion and other related charges. With today’s operation, we are sending a message that this type of illicit behavior is not accepted in our community and that we will investigate, arrest and prosecute offenders.”

Criminal complaints have been filed today in Alameda County Superior Court and the defendants are expected to be arraigned on May 6, 2014 in Dept. 112 of the Wiley W. Manual court house in Oakland. The investigation is ongoing and the District Attorney’s Office will determine if additional charges are to be filed.

Copies of the existing criminal complaints as well as photographs of the businesses are attached to this release.

Images-Photos of Businesses

Complaint #1: W. Hao

Complaint #2: M. Li

Complaint #3: P. Hu, A. Liu, A. Qin

Complaint #4: W. Ni, S. Pan, X. Ni, S. Pan, D. Chen, Q. Zhang

Complaint #5: M. Yao, Y. Chen, L. Liu, J. Liu, F. Rong, Y. Luhughes

Posted on May 2, 2014