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Police: Women Illegally Practiced Massage Therapy Near Police HQ

Two women were arrested in Garden City Wednesday night after a joint investigation revealed they were allegedly practicing massage therapy without a license.

According to Nassau detectives, an undercover operation determined that Liliana Certuche, 23, of Maspeth, and Lenee Perez-Ortiz, 21, of the Bronx, practiced massage therapy without a license at Paradise Studio, located 1527 Franklin Ave. The address comes back to a building directly across the street from the Nassau County Legislative Building and just 500 feet away from Nassau County Police headquarters.

The defendants were taken into custody around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday night without incident.

The operation was conducted by the Nassau County Police Department's Narcotics/Vice Bureau in conjunction with the Garden City Police Department.

Certuche was charged with unauthorized practice, while Perez-Ortiz was charged with two counts of unauthorized practice. They will appear at First District Court in Hempstead on Jan. 29.
Washington Ave. January 18, 2013 at 08:45 AM
i heard the 'investigation' took many, many man hours, lol
Jack O'Niel January 18, 2013 at 09:36 AM
It was probably a hands-on investigation.
Washington January 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM
I doubt there will be a happy ending.
Real Massage Therapist January 18, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Some of the comments indirectly (ignorantly) equate illegal massage practice with prostitution. Practicing massage without a license and practicing prostitution are two different charges. If the place being referred to in this article was providing sex services then it should be called what it is - a prostitution parlor or sex parlor. By the way there is no such category of massage called "adult" or "erotic".