A Toms River married couple, who owns Spa 1800 on Lakewood Road, is charged with two counts of money laundering and promoting prostitution after they began offering sexual favors to clients in exchange for money.

Get our free mobile app

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced the charges against Wayne Lefkowitz, 56, of Toms River, and Guihua Cui, 51, also of Toms River in a statement on Wednesday following a year-long investigation run by the OCPO Economic Crime Squad and OCPO SVU.

Lefkowitz and Cui had the front of running their spa as a legitimate business but Prosecutor Billhimer said that "individuals patronizing the spa were offered sexual favors in exchange for money."

In addition to the lewd favors, Lefkowitz and Cui also allegedly deposited money from the spa into a number of different bank accounts to try and "avoid transaction reporting requirements under New Jersey state law."

Their unlawful and illicit activity came to a head on April 28 when Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Squad, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Internal Affairs Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Squad, Toms River Police Detectives, Toms River Police Patrol Officers and New Jersey State Police, executed court-authorized search warrants at Spa 1800 and then at Lefkowitz’s and Cui’s residence on McCormick Drive in Toms River.

Detectives followed that up by executing court-authorized seizure orders on bank accounts held by Lefkowitz and Cui.

Both have been charged on summonses pending a future court date.

You can follow Vin Ebenau on Twitter and Instagram and email news tips to vin.ebenau@townsquaremedia.com.

When Ocean and Monmouth County Police saved the day

Have You Seen Them? Monmouth County's Most Wanted

12 Times Being High Cost NJ Residents & Towns

Have You Seen Them? Ocean County's Most Wanted

NEXT: 10 Jersey Shore School Districts Losing Millions From S2 School Funding Formula

Ten times drunk driving changed New Jersey Lives Forever

Strange NJ Laws You've Never Heard Of

Marijuana legal in NJ: How do the laws work?

Answers to common questions about legalized recreational marijuana in New Jersey and rules about underage use of weed.

NEXT: INSIDE JOE PESCI'S HILARIOUSLY OVER-THE-TOP LAVALLETTE MANSION

LOOK: GO INSIDE JON BON JOVI'S $20 MILLION MIDDLETOWN MANSION

Go Inside Mike 'The Situation's' NJ Mansion

TAKE A TOUR OF JON BON JOVI'S NEW $43 MILLION PALM BEACH MANSION

Jersey Shore Nor'easter 2021 Listener Pictures

LOOK INSIDE: The Most Expensive House in Rumson

This is the most expensive house for sale in Rumson, NJ in 2021

Peek Inside Snooki's New Toms River Waterfront Home

LOOK: See the iconic cars that debuted the year you were born

NEXT: The 100 Best Places to Live on the East Coast