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Couple Says Prostitution Ring ‘Clean,’ Paid Taxes

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Students play the roles of prostitutes (Photo Credit: NIGEL TREBLIN / AFP / Getty Images)

Students play the roles of prostitutes (Photo Credit: NIGEL TREBLIN / AFP / Getty Images)

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana couple who say they ran an “immaculately clean” prostitution ring and dutifully paid its taxes are seeking leniency from a federal judge.

Massage parlor owners Gregory and Suzie McFarland are scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull in Billings.

They are forfeiting $1.2 million in proceeds and face decades in prison after pleading guilty to interstate promotion of prostitution and money laundering.

Authorities say the couple ran a sex ring through a company that contracted with 35 women and operated out of two massage parlors — Far West Sauna and Shangri-La Spa and Sauna.

The McFarlands claim in court documents that they never hid their income and treated employees and customers “fairly and with courtesy.” Their attorneys want a sentence of home confinement.

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