A 52-year-old Lexington man will plead guilty next month to a money laundering charge stemming from his alleged role in a multistate prostitution ring, according to prosecutors and court records.
Kyung Song on Tuesday agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to engage in money laundering, US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s office said in a statement. Song will plea to the charge during a hearing slated for Aug. 13 in US District Court in Boston, records show.
He’s currently free on $25,000 bond. His lawyer didn’t immediately return voice and e-mail messages seeking comment.
Prosecutors said Song and several codefendants participated in a ring that maintained “multiple brothels in high-end apartments” in Cambridge, Atlanta, and eastern Virginia.
“The women advertised on the websites were moved from city to city within the network, working as prostitutes for the organization,” the statement said. “Song transported women working from brothel locations in Cambridge. Song also retrieved cash proceeds from each of the Cambridge brothel locations and allegedly laundered the proceeds according to” a codefendant’s instructions.
Two codefendants, Jineok Kim, 38, of Watertown and Susan Bashir, 41, of Stone Mountain, Ga., have agreed to plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy to persuade, induce, entice, or coerce individuals to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution and conspiracy to engage in money laundering, Lelling’s office said.Travis Andersen can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.