TOMS RIVER – A married Toms River couple were charged with using their spa for prostitution and hiding the proceeds using money laundering.
Wayne Lefkowitz, 56, and Guihua Cui, 51, both of Toms River, were each charged with Promoting Prostitution and two counts of Money Laundering, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said.
Police said they conducted a year-long investigation into Spa 1800, located on Lakewood Road in Toms River, which was owned and operated by Lefkowitz and Cui. Customers were offered sexual favors for money. The money was then deposited into different bank accounts to avoid reporting the income.
On April 28, 2021, detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Squad, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Internal Affairs Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Squad, Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Toms River Township Police Department Patrol Division, and New Jersey State Police, executed court-authorized search warrants on Spa 1800 and Lefkowitz’s and Cui’s residence on McCormick Drive in Toms River. They also seized bank accounts.
Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.