Greenburgh officers are wanting to close down a Hartsdale therapeutic massage parlor, Forest Yin Spa, the place an unlicensed masseuse was charged with prostitution.
A lady was arrested at Forest Yin Spa.
GREENBURGH – An embattled Hartsdale therapeutic massage parlor might have been shut down once more after a lady was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly working there and not using a license.
Xiaonu Jin, fifty three, was charged with unauthorized apply of a career, a felony, for her work at Forest Yin Spa at one hundred N. Central Park Ave., Greenburgh police stated.
Jin is accused of passing herself off as a licensed therapeutic massage therapist, although she didn’t have the required state license, police stated. The resident of Flushing, Queens, was launched on $one hundred bail.
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Police said the Greenburgh Building Department closed the spa, which the town has been pushing to shut down amid recent charges of prostitution and unlicensed operation.
No one answered phone calls to the spa this morning, but its lawyer, Peter Tilem, said the business should be open barring a court order.
Xiaonu Jin, 53, was arrested on Jan. 9, 2018, and charged with working as a massage therapist without a license at Forest Yin Spa in Greenburgh. (Photo: Greenburgh Police Department)
“They do not have the authority to close the spa,” he said of the town.
On Dec. 19 the Greenburgh Town Board voted to revoke the spa’s license under a 2015 town law that has shuttered seven similar businesses. On Dec. 28, though, Alan Scheinkman, then chief judge for the Ninth Judicial District, ruled that Forest Yin Spa may stay open until Jan. 9 as the dispute plays out in court.
Tilem said on Wednesday morning that the court order had been extended to allow Forest Yin Spa to continue operating after Jan. 9. He has said that the town has no right to grant its own licenses for massage therapists to operate, since they are licensed by the state.
Greenburgh officials have contended that there is no place in town for massage parlors that do not operate within the law. Police and Building Department officials did not respond to messages seeking comment about Tuesday’s closure of Forest Yin Spa.
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