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Fri. 5:21pm: Spa owner indicted

December 27, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

WARREN -- A Trumbull County Grand jury has indicted the owner of a Niles massage parlor accused of trying to pay off a city fire inspector.

Chong Suk Williams, 71, of Mercer, Pa., owner of Susi Kim's Spa, is charged with two counts of felony bribery.

Williams, who was arrested in July, was indicted by the grand jury today.

According to reports, Andrew Bickerstaff, a fire safety inspector with the Niles Fire Department, conducted an inspection of the spa on July 10.

He said Williams tried to give him $230 after the inspection showed electrical violations at the Youngstown Warren Road business.

During the inspection, Bickerstaff said he found extension cords and adapters that violated Ohio fire code. Bickerstaff said he noted the violations on his report and Williams signed it.

As he was leaving, Bickerstaff said an employee with County Fire Protection tried to give him $230, saying Williams wanted him to have it.

Bickerstaff photographed the money and refused to accept it.

Two days later, Bickerstaff returned to the spa with a police officer to find the violations had been fixed. As the pair were leaving, however, Bickerstaff said Williams twice tried to hand him cash, which she called "lunch money."

Bickerstaff said the police officer witnessed both attempted transactions.



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