On Thursday, the Miami Herald reported that Li "Cindy" Yang, the Republican donor and operator of a chain of Asian-themed massage parlors in South Florida, is under federal investigation.
Prosecutors are reportedly looking into whether Yang, a naturalized American citizen with extensive connections to Chinese businessmen, illegally funneled Chinese money into President Donald Trump's election campaign.
As part of the investigation, they are subpoenaing Bing Bing Peranio, an employee of Yang's spa business who contributed the maximum $5,400 to Trump's re-election last year after Yang reportedly "came to Peranio's workplace and helped her write the check." At issue is whether Yang reimbursed Peranio for this contribution or gave her "anything of value" in return for it, which would be a violation of federal law.
Yang, who has run in social circles with numerous prominent Republican politicians, has come under scrutiny as a spa she founded, Orchids of Asia Day Spa, has developed a reputation for selling sex, and is caught up in a multi-agency human trafficking investigation. Yang says that she sold off this spa years ago.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a friend of the Trump family, was allegedly caught on tape paying for "oral and manual sex" at this spa on two separate occasions.