The sign outside their establishment proudly advertises a “Foot Spa,” while their website assures customers that they can find relaxation, refreshment, and rejuvenation with the help of their licensed masseuses.
According to an undercover cop, the lady in question did not touch his foot when he visited her on Thursday, November 16, 2023, and signed up for her services.
During the arraignment of Queens resident Guo Qin Guan in a Nassau County criminal courtroom on Thursday, an Assistant District Attorney informed Judge Norman Sammut that the crime committed by Guan was that he was not a licensed masseuse.
Guan, who is 60 years old, has been accused of committing a felony for engaging in the “Unauthorized Practice of Profession,” specifically providing massages without a valid masseuse license. According to the laws of New York State, possessing a license is a mandatory requirement.
In a court statement, Port Washington Police Detective Charles Kouvel testified that on November 16, 2023, an undercover police officer visited Foot Kiosk Spa located at 938 Port Washington Blvd. in Port Washington, N.Y. The officer agreed to the spa employee’s proposal of an “unlicensed massage” for the price of $35.
Guan allegedly provided the police officer with an unlawful 30-minute massage, during which she reportedly manipulated, tapped, and massaged his back, arms, shoulders, legs, and buttocks.
The investigator’s identity remains undisclosed.
NY Education Law Section 7801 grants licenses for Massage Therapy treatment, which aims to improve muscle tone and circulation through techniques of stroking, kneading, tapping, and vibrating with the hands or vibrators.
According to the police, there is no existing record of a masseuse license being issued in NYS under that name.
It is unclear if this was simply a case of confusion. When immigrants become citizens, they have the option to change their name. However, certain government documents may still display their previous name. Additionally, clerks occasionally misspell foreign names, and these errors are often left uncorrected.
Guan may actually possess a valid license.
She pleaded “Not Guilty” to the charge of “practicing profession without a license,” which is a felony. If she is found guilty, she could face up to four years in prison.
According to the License Requirements provided by the New York State law, individuals must be licensed as a massage therapist in order to use the titles “massage therapist,” “masseuse,” “masseur,” or any variations within the state.
Guan was released by Judge Norman Sammut on her own recognizance. Her next court appearance is scheduled for December 13, 2023.