By Stephanie Choate
A Winooski resident purchased the former Harmony Spa property on Williston Road earlier this month. The massage parlor closed last summer after allegations of prostitution.
Thomas Booska sold the property to Thanh Nguyen for $335,000 on May 2, according to paperwork filed with the town of Williston.
Booska settled a forfeiture claim with the U.S. Attorney’s office in April. Instead of forfeiting the Williston property where Harmony Spa was located, Booska agreed to pay $100,000 to the federal government.
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Booska said he intended to sell the property to “individuals who have previously run a hair and nail salon in Colchester.”
Nguyen could not be reached before press deadline.
The property has a history of problems surrounding alleged prostitution.
Most recently, the U.S. Attorney’s office filed a complaint on June 28, 2013 that “alleged that the Williston property owned by Thomas Booska, age 68, of Burlington, Vermont, was forfeitable to the government because it was used to house individuals who were induced or encouraged to come to Vermont from out of state for purposes of engaging in prostitution or other commercial sex acts,” according to a statement. “While admitting that he is the owner of the Williston property and that Harmony Spa had been located at the Williston property, Booska generally denied the allegations of the complaint.”
Booska was cited on charges of “prohibited acts” last summer. Problems date back to at least 2004, when the business was known as Ginza Health Spa.