DOWNEY — The district attorney's office has filed 17 fraud charges against the owner of a local health club who is accused of selling memberships without telling buyers that the facility would be closing.
John Robert Prell, 34, the owner of the defunct 24-Hour Nautilus in the Stonewood Shopping Center, is charged with defrauding customers of more than $49,000 in membership fees, according to Downey Police.
Prell is scheduled to be arraigned May 4 in Downey Municipal Court on two counts of felony grand theft, 14 petty theft charges and one count of false advertising.
Prell was arrested March 14, two days after he initially closed the club, reportedly for remodeling. He is free on $25,000 bail. The club then was reopened until Prell closed it permanently March 31.