SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman is accused of running an illegal prostitution ring. She's identified as 34-year-old Brandy Birkland. Birkland is accused of running organized crime and promoting prostitution. Birkland is the former co-owner of Montana's Spa in Spokane Valley. It was one of 8 spas busted after a multi agency investigation uncovered widespread prostitution. Investigators called it, "Operation Red Light" after the raids in 2012.
Investigators say they were unable to contact Birkland throughout the investigation and that's why in part, these new & upgraded charges were filed. 34 year old Birkland was arrested shortly after the raids for money laundering and promoting prostitution. Birkland entered a not guilty plea on Monday to the new charges of 1st degree running organized crime and 2nd degree promoting prostitution. She faces life in prison if this goes to trial and is convicted.