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FOX Undercover: No license for spas


New information about three local spas raided last month, accused of providing more than just massages to customers.

The state's Division of Professional Licensure has notified spa owner Terry Mussari that she's been operating her spas without the proper massage therapy licenses that are required.

The state has now ordered Mussari to cease and desist, but that appears to be too little, too late.

The spas have been closed since last month when authorities raided them, saying Mussari was operating a prostitution ring where customers paid tips in exchange for sexual favors.

Since then, FOX Undercover has reported allegations of a police cover-up.

State Trooper David Lemar is on unpaid leave and former employees say other police officers were regular customers who went to the spas for more than just massages.

Those former employees believe that's why the spas remained open for so long, despite a documented history of complaints about sexual activity at the spas.

The state’s move comes even though the state licensed Mussari as a massage therapist and also gave each spa a cosmetology license.

The state also inspected all of the spas and the signs in the windows make it obvious that the businesses were performing massages.

A spokesman for the Division of Professional Licensure could not explain why state inspectors didn’t notice massages at the spas or why the state was suddenly going after Mussari now for being unlicensed.

Spokesman Jason Lefferts said, “I don’t have a good answer for that.”

A former employee told FOX Undercover that the state tipped off Mussari when inspectors would be coming in and that most of the people giving massages were unlicensed.

“It boggles my mind. I don't understand it. I don't know how she was able to have all these girls that weren't licensed in anything working there. And how she got away it,” said the former employee. “She would know that the state was coming in at 10 o'clock. She would make a phone call to all the girls that were working or sitting out back and she would tell all the girls to go around the corner to Dunkin' Donuts and she would call you when the woman's done doing her inspection.”

The state licensing division has denied tipping off Mussari about inspections, saying there’s no evidence of that happening.

Mussari has pleaded not guilty to the prostitution charge against her.

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