A therapeutic massage enterprise license was denied at the Oct. 22 New Hope City Council meeting following a New Hope Police Department investigation. The applicant wanted to operate a business under the company name “Asian Comfort Massage LLC” at 9405B 36th Avenue North, but was believed to have falsified information on his application, according to findings of fact by Detective Anthony Loser.

On Sept. 21, an application for a therapeutic massage enterprise license was received by the city from Charles Stack, and another for a therapeutic massage therapist license from Chunyun Yang. Yang did not to include the massage enterprise she was affiliated with on her application.

Per city ordinance, Loser began two independent background checks for each license. The two investigations remained separate until “it was clear the two applications were linked in more than one instance,” Loser said in a memo to Chief Tim Fournier.

Both applicants had links to a third party, Addie Ng. Stack’s paperwork indicated that Comfort Massage LLC was filed in Ng’s name. In late August, Ng has contacted the city on behalf of Yang, asking the likelihood of approval if Yang submitted a massage license. Stack’s application had also provided an insurance certificate for Yang.

Stack was contacted Sept. 24 as was standard for an investigation of this nature. In the conversation with Loser, Stack maintained that he was the sole owner of Asian Comfort Massage and that a filing error must have occurred. He also said he had moved to Virginia two days prior and that the Plymouth address he had listed was a temporary address for visiting. City Manager Kirk McDonald said at the Oct. 22 meeting that when the city sent notification to the address, the mail was returned undeliverable.

Request for further business information was delivered by an unknown third party Oct. 5, with some paperwork signed as late as Oct. 1 by Stack. The Secretary of State filing of the business also referenced Ng.

Loser found through local police records that a massage business license application had been denied to Stack in the city of Plymouth June 26. At the time, investigating officials for the license had found affiliations between Stack and Yang, and found instances of Yang using inappropriate business practices as they related to professional massage.

Specifically, Plymouth Police Department records revealed a prostitution arrest following a police investigation connected to Yang and business Asian Health Massage in February 2017.

A more recent search of Plymouth police reports found that a business license for Comfort Massage under Ng and Yang was suspended in mid-September, and suspicious activity at the suspended business was reported 10 days later.

Loser notified Stack in a final conversation Oct. 9 of his plans to recommend denial of the application. Stack felt that the city of Plymouth had been unfair to Yang, and reaffirmed that Asian Comfort Massage would be his first business. He said Ng would not hold ownership, but had aided both he and Yang in completing the necessary paperwork.

New Hope city ordinance dictates that licenses may be denied if the applicant is not the real party of interest of the enterprise, has misrepresented or falsified information on the license application, and has been denied a license under a similar ordinance of any municipality in Minnesota.

Chief Fournier spoke at the Oct. 22 meeting, saying the background check was “cut and dried.”

“The facts were pretty plain considering they were recently denied in Plymouth,” he added. “We don’t want that kind of trouble here as well.”

Stack’s enterprise license was denied unanimously. Yang’s therapist license did not require council oversight and McDonald reported that is had already been denied.

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