State investigators and Macon police issued cease and desist orders at six Macon massage therapy businesses last week.
Macon police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said officers visited the following spas: Emerald, All-American, Angel's, Lee's Oriental Massage, To Your Health and Tokyo Spa.
Investigators from the Secretary of State's Office of Inspector General worked Thursday with police to enforce the 2010 amendment to the Georgia Massage Therapy Practice Act which makes it illegal for unlicensed therapists to provide or offer massage therapy services, according to a news release issued by Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
The team issued eight Cease and Desist Orders for unlicensed practice, identified a worker practicing in violation of a previously issued Cease and Desist Order and issued one person a notice of hearing when they refused to sign a voluntary cease and desist order, the release stated. Two business owners were cited for allowing unlicensed practice of massage therapy..
State regulators also visited 38 metro Atlanta spas and issued 34 cease and desist orders. “This recent amendment increases our ability to target massage therapy businesses and individuals who refuse to comply with Georgia law. Unlicensed practice of massage therapy has been associated with criminal behavior that damages both the reputation of those who comply with the law and the communities in which these businesses operate,” Kemp said in the release. “We also thank our partners in the law enforcement community for assisting with our efforts to target and prosecute unlicensed practice and unlawful behavior.”