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Two Arrested for Organized Crime, Pimping, Money Laundering

Released on Wednesday, February 5, 2020
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  • Vronay booking photo
  • Liao booking photo

Two people have been arrested on charges related to organized crime, pimping, and money laundering.

On August 3, 2019, the Fort Collins Police Neighborhood Engagement Team (NET) began an investigation into Fort Collins Chinese Foot Massage (749 S Lemay Avenue) after a patron reported illicit activity. The patron had requested a massage and an employee reportedly attempted to provide a sexual service. The initial investigation also led officers to Touch of Heaven Massage, an associated business in the same shopping center.

Through the course of the investigation, officers learned that the businesses were both owned and operated by Timothy Vronay (DOB 04/24/48) and Jingwen Liao (DOB 04/20/63). Officers also determined that the women working in these businesses were being dispatched between the two locations to perform unlawful sexual acts on paying customers.

On September 19, 2019, Fort Collins Police served search warrants at both businesses. Following these searches, a third search warrant was also conducted at Vronay and Liao’s home in Commerce City, Colorado. Arrest warrants were filed against Vronay and Liao, and both suspects ultimately turned themselves in to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Booking photos are provided courtesy of JCSO.

Vronay faces charges of

  • COCCA/Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (Class 2 Felony)
  • Pimping (Class 3 Felony)
  • Money Laundering (Class 3 Felony)
  • Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender (Class 6 Felony)
  • Keeping a Place of Prostitution (2 counts) (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
  • Pandering (Class 3 Misdemeanor)

Liao faces charges of

  • COCCA/Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (Class 2 Felony)
  • Pimping (Class 3 Felony)
  • Money Laundering (Class 3 Felony)
  • Keeping a Place of Prostitution (2 counts) (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
  • Pandering (Class 3 Misdemeanor)

A third business associate, Chen Fuan (DOB 03/19/1960), is still at large and is wanted for Pimping (Class 3 Felony).

“I’d like to commend officers for their persistent pursuit of justice,” said FCPS Chief Jeff Swoboda. “Through their tireless efforts, they were able to disrupt a criminal operation and make Fort Collins a safer place.”

Anyone with additional information related to these suspects or activity at these locations is asked to contact Detective Chris Renn at 970-416-2385 or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at www.stopcriminals.org. All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and any arrested party must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.