Defendants Who Allegedly Ran Illegal Operation Brought in Over $1 Million

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( – On Wednesday, November 22, a federal investigator involved in the recent case of three people who had been running brothels in the Washington, D.C. area and Massachusetts stated that according to the records, the brothel operations had brought in more than a million dollars. The brothels also had military leaders and politicians as clients, according to the reports.

The DHS submitted an affidavit to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in which they alleged that the operation’s ringleaders Junmyung Lee and Han Lee of Massachusetts, as well as James Lee of California, had earned the most out of the service that was running out of high-end apartments in the two cities. The operations appear to have been running since 2020.

According to the affidavit, the defendants had kept extensive operation records that showed the exact amounts that the business had generated.

Zachary Mitlitsky, the DHS Special Agent, stated that he did not believe Han Lee had legitimate employment but rather that the operation had helped her generate large amounts of money over the recent years. The affidavit pointed out that Han Lee’s bank accounts showed that she had brought just under $1 million in the case between December 2019 and October 2023. She is also believed to have kept other foreign accounts as well.

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice charged the three ringleaders who are facing a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars, up to $250,000 in penalties, and three years of supervised release should they be found culpable for the crimes.

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