- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

EMERYVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Two men are facing federal bribery charges in connection with a San Francisco Bay Area brothel that investigators say was disguised as a massage parlor.

Jimmy Gong Yan Lee and Tom Kim Loi Lam were indicted on Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges including giving bribes involving a federal program.

The two men are also facing state charges in the case.

Authorities say Lee co-owned Acucare Oriental Spa in Emeryville, which exploited young Asian women.

Lee and Loi, described in court documents as Lee’s associate, are accused of bribing a police captain posing as a corrupt officer to try to prevent the business from being shut down. Loi is also accused of bribing a federal agent.

Calls to Lee and Loi’s attorneys on Christmas Eve were not immediately returned.

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