Federal agents, in connection with an ongoing investigation into Dallas sex trafficking, have accused Sun Im Mount, 52, of collecting money from the brothels owned by the sex trafficking ring and laundering it through the WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma, as well as several Louisiana casinos — then using that money to keep brothels supplied with condoms.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Mount was laundering money for a sex trafficking ring made up of at least a dozen brothels in northwest Dallas fronting as Korean massage parlors. The government also claims that she is the owner of two of the properties, described as “known brothels,” which they are currently trying to seize — and that she used the funds she obtained through money laundering to keep her brothels supplied.
In addition to the accusations against Mount, the investigation has resulted in the arrest of 15 women thus far; eight of the alleged brothels have been associated with Mount: Number 1 Spa, Green Spa, Home Town Day Spa, Dupond Studio, 7 Star Spa, Empire Spa, Gold One Spa and Dallas Doll House. Mount owns the Home Town Day Spa at 2661 Walnut Hill Lane.
Four other massage parlors, Smile Spa, Hulahand, Moon Night, and Elegant Spa, in the same building at 11308 Emerald St., have also been implicated.
It is currently unclear if Sun Mount or her husband, Cameron Mount, who works as a radiologist, will be charged, but they are currently involved in the government’s property seizure case in connection with the alleged brothels.
The investigation into Mount and the ring began in March 2015, a joint effort between Homeland Security Investigations, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Dallas Police Department.
The case made a breakthrough in July, 2015, when investigators received information from a Dallas Doll House employee which allowed them to tap the phones at the business and record the numbers of everyone who called in. They also monitored repeated trips by Mount between various alleged brothels in the northwest Dallas area, and trips to the WinStar casino. Authorities say that between December, 2015, and July, 2016, Mount had paid over 100 visits to the various alleged brothels. Over the same period, she visited WinStar at least 33 times; according to the property seizure case, one one occasion, she lost almost $150,000 in a single sitting at a table.
Mount’s actions at the WinStar Casino drew the attention of casino investigators, who believe that Mount and an associate, Su Jin Choi, 59, laundered over $3.3 million through WinStar in just a few months. From August, 2015, to January, 2016, Mount’s total buy-in was almost $625,000, while Choi’s was in excess of $1.9 million.
Several workers at the alleged brothels identified Mount as responsible both for keeping them stocked on condoms and taking away money.
The Texas Workforce Commission indicated that their records showed no wages for Mount between 2013 and the first quarter of 2016, when the suit was filed. Her husband works as a radiologist and makes about $50,000 a year, plus retirement checks from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the U.S. Treasury Department – but aside from Mount’s unaccountable gambling funds, the Mounts also deposited over $300,000 into their personal bank account in 2013, and nearly $150,000 in 2015.
The suit claims that the Mounts bought the Home Town Day Spa in June, 2015, for a total of $540,000 – $20,000 in cash, $520,000 by cashier’s check. No indication is made of where these funds came from. Further, police have repeatedly found Mount carrying large sums of cash during other stops.
Most of the arrests related to the brothels were made on August 26, 2016. The U.S. attorney’s office and the Department of Public Safety have refused multiple requests for comment, along with the Dallas police.
Meanwhile, the Mounts and their business managers Choi and James Andrade may yet face criminal charges over both the activities of the alleged brothel, and the allegation that they funded their business through unlawful activity.
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