Federal prosecutors have charged a fifth person in an alleged Omaha prostitution ring that included thousands of clients.
Prosecutors say Kimberly Bivens, 45, of Omaha operated “spas” that were really a front for prostitution from about 2009 to 2011.
She was charged Wednesday with criminal conspiracy. Bivens pleaded not guilty, but she is scheduled to change her plea on July 24, according to court records.
Bivens is accused of operating the spas on her own and with William R. Knox and Tammy L. Schuck of Omaha and Tabatha N. Ashburn of Junction City, Kan. All three were charged in April.
Also charged then was Christopher Tierney of Omaha, who is accused of running a website and managing electronic records.
Knox, Schuck, Ashburn and Tierney all pleaded not guilty. Trial dates have not been set.
Bivens’ spas were located at various locations in northwest and southwest Omaha, according to court records.
A confidential police source spent $2,000 and visited Bivens’ spas 13 times in the process of the investigation.
An FBI agent wrote in warrants for Bivens’ property that Bivens paid Knox $1,700 per week plus a one-time $20,000 payment.
After a disagreement, she moved the spas and their employees to other places in Omaha and advertised on the Internet.
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