SACRAMENTO– On June 15, 2022, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the arrests and filing of felony charges against Paul Anthony Gregorio and Xuan Phi Nguyen for their alleged roles in operating a prostitution ring out of separate brothels in Sacramento and Placer Counties. The defendants face a total of eight felony counts of pandering.
During the arrest operation, special agents with the California Department of Justice also seized $54,891.
“When people break the law, my office always stands ready to investigate and prosecute,” said Attorney General Bonta. “We won’t sit idly by when the health and safety of our residents is put at risk. As today’s arrests and charges demonstrate, our team at the California Department of Justice is on the ground each and every day to help protect the people of California.”
“Kudos to the special agents who investigated this illegal activity and arrested those suspected of running the operation,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “This is not a victimless crime and contributes to the degradation of neighborhoods and communities.”
As alleged in the complaint, the defendants operated a prostitution ring involving seven women between April 2020 and May 2022. Following an extensive investigation, California DOJ special agents arrested the pair on June 15, 2022.
The operation was assisted by the:
- Citrus Heights Police Department,
- Placer Special Investigations Unit Task Force,
- Sacramento Police Department,
- Roseville Police Department,
- and California Department of Health Care Services.
In shutting down the brothels, special agents executed multiple search warrants and two arrest warrants. The case is being prosecuted by the California Department of Justice’s Special Prosecutions Section.
A copy of the complaint is available here.