Yes, the acting career never took off for Cindy Crawford and she's known mostly these days as an infomercial pitchwoman. But who knew times were so tough for the former international supermodel that she'd have to resort to prostitution at a day spa in a busy Buena Park strip mall?
Check that: the woman who was busted is not the Cindy Crawford at the right.
The Cindy Crawford who was among four women arrested on suspicion of prostitution around high noon on July 1 is a 37-year-old Westminster woman.
As you can see in the photo at the left, while she is attractive, no one would confuse her for the more famous Cindy Crawford.
A citizen's complaint of suspicious activity launched an undercover investigation of Lincoln Day Spa, which is located in Ste. E at 6971 Lincoln Blvd., according to Buena Park Police Department spokesman Sgt. William Kohanek.
The business advertised itself as a therapeutic day spa with such services as acupuncture and various massage styles. However, undercover officers posing as customers were offered various sexual acts for an additional price with their massages, Kohanek said.
Several violations of solicitation of prostitution witnessed by the cops led to Thursday's raid, arrests and confiscation of business documents and money, according to Kohanek, who also noted the day spa in a busy strip mall was closed and "red tagged" by the city Code Enforcement Office.
Besides Ms. Crawford--to reiterate, not the model Ms. Crawford--also arrested on suspicion of prostitution were: Tuyen Thuy Nguyen, 24, of Garden Grove; Nghi Nguyen, 37, of Midway City; and Hanh Thi My Nguyen, 51, of Garden Grove.
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Timothy Tuney Pham, the day spa's 39-year-old owner from Huntington Beach, was arrested on suspicion of operating outside the scope of a legitimate business.
All five were released on misdemeanor citations.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges are being sought by the Buena Park city prosecutor, according to Kohanek.
If Buena Park has a "Dude Looks Like a Lady" law, Pham may be in trouble for that, too.