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SeattleCrime.com: Seven More Charged in "Speakeasy" Bust, Including Well-Known Artist D.K. Pan

By Erica C. Barnett March 17, 2011



Photo via Capitol Hill Seattle.

Jonah at SeattleCrime.com has a hell of a scoop:
Almost two years after Seattle police raided a Capitol Hill speakeasy as part of a long-running operation into underground gambling clubs and drugs, King County Prosecutors have filed charges and ordered the arrest of seven men—including a well-known Seattle artist—for their alleged participation in running the clubs.

In court records, prosecutors allege William James Donnell III, Rashaad Iman Thompson, DK Pan, James P Miller, Ian Michael McNamara, Brady Donoghue McGarry, and Howard Thoren Honeycutt managed or were employed as pitbosses, security, or poker dealers at card rooms in Capitol Hill, and in Ballard and Belltown between August 2007 and June 2009.

Additionally, police also allege that Pan, a local artist, set up the well-known Free Sheep Foundation art group as a front to raise funds for the illegal gambling operation.

Miller and Honeycutt also faces charges for allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover cop.

Police and investigators visited the card rooms and allegedly found the group was gambling more than $5,000 in a 30-day period, the maximum allowed for unlicensed gambling under state law. [...]

At least one of the clubs, according to charging documents, was furnished with used doors, tables and chairs stored at the Pan's Free Sheep Foundation art space on NE 50th and Roosevelt Way, the former site of the Tubs spa—which Free Sheep later turned into a massive graffiti wall.

This, according to police, was one of several ways Pan and the Free Sheep Foundation provided support for the casinos.

Pan—the "operational second in command" at the casinos, according to police records—was "to act as the 'curator' for the front organization designed to hide the illegal gambling activities," Vice Sergeant Ryan Long wrote in police documents.

"In recorded conversations, monikers such as 'Don't Arrest Us, Incorporated' and 'legal front' were jokingly considered as potential names to be used for the front organization, which was an art gallery that ultimately bore the name of 'Free Sheep Foundation,'" Long wrote.

Police also say Pan organized "fundraiser' art and music events under the name of this organization, which was admittedly created only to generate plausible deniability to law enforcement, should suspicion arise."

Much more here. Capitol Hill Seattle notes that Sound Transit chose Pan in 2010 to curate a five-year art program on the Capitol Hill station light rail construction wall.
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