AZ Filipina pleads guilty to money laundering, prostitution charges dropped

By Fleur Magbanua-Mansur and Raul Legaspi, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Dec. 12, 2013

PHOENIX, AZ – Esmeralda Canidate has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of money laundering. Besides money laundering, she was earlier arrested for allegedly keeping a house of prostitution at the C&C Salon and Day Spa.

The prostitution charges against her have been dismissed.

As part of her plea agreement, she has been placed on a two-year probation and 50 hours of community service.

Her clients at the C&C Salon and Day Spa defended Canidate’s character.

“I couldn’t believe the news about her. She’s a good person, very honest, very generous. I never had any problems with her,” said Maria Bondaryev.

Another client, Raisa Ferrer added, “I feel bad that this happened to her. But at the same time, she’s a strong person and she will get over it.”

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