Probation For Man Indicted In Strip Club Racketeering Case

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee February 12, 2010

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John Gilbert Conte, confidant and driver of strip club mogul Frank Colacurcio Sr., has been sentenced to probation following a guilty plea to racketeering charges.

Conte was indicted alongside Colacurcio and four other men involved in the Colacurcio-owned strip club chain, which includes Rick's strip club and the Talents West agency in Seattle.

In the indictment, federal authorities accused the Colacurcios and their associates of racketeering, using interstate commerce to facilitate prostitution, money laundering and mail fraud. At issue are allegations that the strip clubs -- Rick's in Seattle, Sugar's in Shoreline, Honey's in Everett and Fox's in Tacoma -- were used as fronts for prostitution that allegedly garnered the men $25 million in the past four years.

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