Spa Owner Sentenced In Federal Court

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

An Omaha woman was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for her role in a conspiracy where spas were used as a front for prostitution.

Kimberly Bivens was given 37 months in prison and three years of supervised released.

In September 2012, Bivens entered a plea and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for a lesser charges. A confidential informant spent more than $2,000 on 13 trips to the Omaha spas from January-May 2011 to help build the case.

In court documents, he outlined how the "spa owner videotaped new clients to ensure that law enforcement did not try to set them up." After he took care of himself, the informant alleges the girls took care of him on future visits with more than just a typical massage. One worker told him "if all they did was massage the customers would leave disappointed."

The indictment said the 93rd and Maple location had a client list of more than 1,000. Sources said it included some prominent people.

Federal prosecutors expect the other suspects in the case to go to trial in the next month or so. William Knox was accused of money laundering and promoting prostitution. Tammy Schuck and her daughter Tabatha Ashburn are also accused in the conspiracy. Christopher Tierney was accused of setting up a website and computerized record system.

The informant said the database "could be shut down with just a phone call if police attempted to access the records."

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