Probation for woman in prostitution probe

A woman whose cooperation helped authorities target an alleged Grand Junction prostitution business was allowed to plead guilty Wednesday to a crime that authorities say she didn’t commit.

Suk Young Yu, 55, now a resident of Houston, Texas, received a three-year, deferred judgment and sentence after pleading guilty to filing a false tax return, a felony, and misdemeanor keeping a place of prostitution.

The plea agreement with the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office will afford Yu a chance to avoid a felony conviction. Yu’s record will be wiped clean if she stays out of trouble during the next three years.

While acknowledging Yu did not file a false tax return while employed at the former Fuji Oriental Massage, 762 Horizon Drive, Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said Yu was offered the deal because of her extensive cooperation with law enforcement and her relatively minor role in the business.

Yu was hired by Nan O’Reilly, 60, and essentially managed Fuji from November 2005 to November 2008.

Without the benefit of an agreement at the time, Yu in December 2008 gave a lengthy interview to law enforcement detailing how the business worked, and she has remained in close contact with authorities here since, Rubinstein told District Judge Valerie Robison.

Yu has agreed to testify, if called, against her former boss.

“I don’t think we would have (an agreement) in Ms. O’Reilly’s case without her cooperation,” he said.

O’Reilly has pleaded guilty and is scheduled for sentencing in April.


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