‘John’ buys parlor used as brothel
What remains of a former Horizon Drive prostitution business changed hands on Thursday in the manner by which it was sustained for 14 years in Grand Junction.
Money was exchanged with a man named “John.”
In a snappy bidding war that was over in about five minutes, the building that once housed Fuji Oriental Massage Therapy, 762 Horizon Drive, along with a half-acre parcel it sits on, were sold at auction by federal agents for $310,000 to a man who would only identify himself as “John.”
He declined to discuss the property’s future.
“I usually talk too (expletive) much; that’s my problem,” he said, walking out the front door after signing paperwork cementing the sale following the auction, which took place at the property.
John Harrison, special agent with the Internal Revenue Service in Grand Junction, said the transaction will become public record upon transfer of the property title.
“We respect their privacy,” Harrison said of his decision not to identify the buyer.
Two other auction participants also declined to identify themselves. A pair of men wore sunglasses in the dimly lit front reception room of the former Fuji building as 18 registered bidders competed for the prize.
Not everybody involved with Thursday’s business was hiding.
Rich and Debbie Whitfield of Montrose successfully bid $64,500 for a two-bedroom condominium at 3154 Lakeside Drive. Their son, Mark, a junior at Mesa State College, had been looking for housing in the area, Debbie Whitfield said.
“I was going to stop at $63,000, but I went a little higher,” she said. “It’s hard to buy anything under $100,000 that’s halfway decent.”
The condominium and Fuji Massage property formerly were owned by Nan O’Reilly, who pleaded guilty to pimping and filing a false tax return. The properties were seized by the U.S. Treasury Department last fall after a federal judge concluded they were purchased and sustained over the years with revenue from prostitution at 762 Horizon Drive.
O’Reilly was serving a probation sentence when she was found dead March 9 in a Las Vegas hotel room. Authorities there on Thursday said a ruling on cause and manner of death still is pending the results of a toxicology report.
Harrison said approximately 80 percent of the proceeds from the auction will be returned to local Mesa County law enforcement agencies.