A Connecticut Post Mall massage parlor once again is in hot water after an undercover operation by Milford Police revealed at least one employee was offering services without a proper state license.
The same business, Kung Fu Massage, was one of several local parlors temporarily closed late last summer after investigators found they were in violation of state law.
According to Milford Police Public Information Officer Jeffrey Nielsen, last June the department made contact with massage parlors in the city as part of an "educational program informing the owners/representatives regarding new laws and regulations pertaining to their operations under Public Act 12-64."
Then, on Aug. 19, police investigators — in collaboration with the Milford Health Department and the Connecticut State Police — conducted a joint compliance check of massage establishments and massage therapists in the city.
"The operation resulted in violations being addressed in five establishments," Nielsen stated in a press release. "This compliance operation remained open with additional monitoring of these establishments."
Then, on Jan. 24, Milford Health Department officials conducted an inspection of Kung Fu Massage after a complaint was received by the office regarding sanitary issues at the parlor.
During the visit, Nielsen said the investigators found that "none of the employees on scene had a valid state license to perform massage services."
"As a result of the violations, the business was closed until the violations were addressed," he stated, adding that city officials continued to monitor compliance efforts at the business.
As a follow up, members of the Milford Police Department conducted a compliance check on Feb. 26 at Kung Fu Massage, which used undercover police officers.
"During the check, an employee offered to perform massage services to the undercover officer without the proper state license to do so," Nielsen said.
Employee, Owner Charged
As a result, the employee Guilan Guo, 52, of 38th Avenue in New York, N.Y. was charged with engaging in massage therapy without proper license. Guo was released on a $1,000 bond.
In addition, the parlor's owner, Quiju Xia, 48, of 32nd Avenue in Flushing, N.Y. was charged with allowing an employee to perform massage services without a proper license. Xia was released of a $5,000 bond.
Both are scheduled to appear in Milford Superior Court on March 25.