Police have arrested two additional people in connection to an 18-month investigation started after an anonymous tip reported businesses being used as a front for prostitution in Scottsdale and Mesa.
Seven people have been arrested in total, including the owners of Paradise Island Massage (aka Paradise Massage), 1440 S, Country Club Drive, Suite 6, Mesa; and two Scottsdale businesses, Scottsdale Massage and Busy Bodies Massage.
Detectives from the Scottsdale Police Department on Wednesday served four search warrants and a civil seizure warrant valued at more than $1 million. Police seized $89,000 from bank accounts, $19,000 in cash and thousands of dollars in equipment from four locations: the three businesses and the home of Laura Ann Walden and Michael Vern Sanford in Mesa. Walden and Sanford were arrested on suspicion of operating a house of prostitution, money laundering, controlling a criminal enterprise and pandering. Five women, ages 29 to 42, suspected employees of the businesses, were also arrested on suspicion of offering and performing acts of prostitution under the pretense of massage services.