Marshall Day Spa raided for gambling
Two people associated with the Marshall Day Spa were arrested Nov. 18 for allegedly operating an illegal gambling operation.
Fairfax police arrested the owner and an employee of Marshall Day Spa for allegedly running an illegal gambling operation out of their business.
The spa lies in the Marshall Center off Winchester Road. According to a search warrant filed with the Fauquier Circuit Court Clerk’s office, Fairfax police learned of the gambling operation over the summer from a confidential informant.
Nghia Thanh Nguyen, an employee of Marshall Day Spa, took “illegal sports wagers over his cell phone, and through the use [of] text messaging,” said Fairfax Detective J. E. Pittman in the warrant.
Nguyen accepted bets for professional and college sports, and met players at different locations in Fairfax to collect and distribute money won and lost, Pittman said in the warrant.
According to a criminal background check, Nguyen w as convicted of manslaughter in Massac husetts in 1987, Pittman said.
Between September and November, Fairfax police told the informant – who spoke up at the risk of criminal penalty – to place more than 30 illegal wagers with Nguyen. They watched Nguyen meet with the informant in Fairfax to exchange money.
Nguyen would sometimes drive to the exchanges in a white 2010 Lexus SUV, registered to Anne Dai Tran, the owner of Marshall Da y Spa, Pittman said. Tran is Nguyen’s girlfriend, he said, and was present during several of the money exchanges.
On Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, Fairfax police observed Tran inside her spa while she texted betting lines for upcoming NFL football games to the informant, according to the warrant.
At 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Fairfax police executed the search warrant of the day spa. They also searc hed Tran’s Lexus. They seized a spiral notebook, gambling ledgers and the iPhone used to text out betting information, according to the search warrant.
Fairfax police charged Nguyen and Tran with conducting an illegal gambling operation, said Fairfax Officer Don Gotthardt.
When reached for comment Wednesday, Tran said she would not speak to Times-Democrat without talking to her lawyer.
Laila Khan, owner of the Marshall Barber Shop next door to the spa, said she wasn’t aware of the searc h and arrest, but she wasn’t surprised.
She said had heard from her customers that Tran was involved in gambling.
“She’s a different, every day, fishy woman,” Khan said.