ELKO - Money seized from a legal brothel in Elko has been placed on a list of about $50,000 in assets sought by the federal government in the case against Tham "Jackie" Nguyen, Carl Hencmann and Suong Tran, who are accused of illegal prostitution and money laundering in Washington and California.
The City of Elko Police Department has filed its own claim in the matter.
Although the assets noted by the government as of July 14 are chiefly in relation to businesses in Washington and California, one is the No. 1 Geisha at 357 Douglas St. The property is listed under Hencmann's name.
A total of $1,700 was seized in April at the No. 1 Geisha when a search and seizure warrant was served on the premises.
Out of state seizures include $21,115.94 from three bank accounts; $17,627 from the Bamboo Sauna in Burien, Wash.; and amounts ranging from $500 to $2,500 from other accounts and businesses related to the three suspects.
The only real property listed in the bill of particulars for forfeiture is at 20 North Cherokee St. in Lodi, Calif., which also is in Hencmann's name. Elko Police Capt. Will Lehmann said his department has filed a claim with the government for the seizure of the No. 1 Geisha real property for the City of Elko.
On April 21, charges were filed in U.S. District Court in Washington against the three, who are accused by Immigration and Customs Enforcement of conspiracy to engage in money laundering and conspiracy to transport individuals in furtherance of prostitution.
Hencmann and Nguyen have been released on bond; Tran is still in custody.
The trial for all three suspects is scheduled in October. Forfeiture of the assets is determined upon conviction.
No. 1 Geisha was implicated in the ICE case because agents recorded a phone conversation between Hencmann and an informant while he was allegedly at the Elko business.
Hencmann allegedly told the informant to send a girl who was interested in prostitution in Seattle to Elko first so he could check her credentials, or - in his words - "boom-boom with her."
There are prior credit card receipts from the Bamboo Sauna for plane tickets that correspond with a massage "therapist" who went there from Las Vegas by plane. That woman had a prostitution license for the No. 1 Geisha in Elko.