Discussion in 'General Industry Related Topics' started by Ozzy, Apr 6, 2001.
See, Phantom, he's still around, he's mayor of a town that allows the hobby to flourish ( LOL ).
in a further development...
Judge Dismisses Charges in Lodi Health Spa Case
HACKENSACK, N.J., April 6 — At the request of the Bergen County prosecutor, a state judge dismissed charges today against a police lieutenant and a former employee of a Lodi, N.J., health spa. The ex-employee had been accused of falsely reporting prostitution there, and the lieutenant of assaulting the owner.
The prosecutor, William H. Schmidt, had said his office determined that federal officials fabricated the charges to protect the owner, who may have been acting as an F.B.I. informer. The owner was charged last week with promoting prostitution after a raid on his Ultima Spa, which followed an investigation by Mr. Schmidt's office.
Today, after Judge Sybil Moses of State Superior Court ordered the complaints dismissed, lawyers for the employee, Millie Nevin, and the officer, Lt. Vincent Caruso, said their clients were considering filing wrongful prosecution suits, but were not sure whom to name. Lieutenant Caruso also said that he would seek $250,000 in back pay and benefits for the time he was suspended.
In a rare court appearance, Mr. Schmidt told Judge Moses that the complaints were baseless and had been signed by the Lodi police as a result of pressure from an F.B.I. agent in consultation with an assistant United States attorney.
The United States attorney for New Jersey, Robert J. Cleary, has denied Mr. Schmidt's allegations. The matter has been referred to the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility.
Mayor Gary Poparozzi of Lodi said that Lieutenant Caruso would soon be reinstated, and that his back pay would be discussed at a Borough Council meeting on Monday. But he added that the borough would fight any wrongful-prosecution suits.
The basic gist of teh story is that the town knew about the place for quite a while, but that the owner was cooperating with the FBI on some investigation, and getting their protection as a result. The FBI not only prevented the local police, Mayor, etc. from closing the place down, but alledgedly had the local police harrassing folks who made complaints about the establishment.
It was so well know that the place was being protected, that Ultima was a hang out for police from other jurisdictions, since they knew it was "safe" and not going to get busted. As usual, they got a little too "full of themselves" and started to get more and more outrageous. they basically turned the place into a "lap dance" club on Thursdays, then Fridays......... this was ultimately their undoing since a) the local police just got too much pressure and i get the feeling the Mayor was worried that if he didn't do something he was't going to get re-relected, and b) they did something which usually ends up being the thing that gets places busted: they violated the zoning. The place wasn't zoned for the "performances". That's what got the cops in the door to find out what was going on. In the end, it was lax security which got them. It was a rainy night, so a bunch of the security guys didn't show up. Rather than getting more guys on short notice or curtailing the nightly activities, they decided to "wing it", and they got pinched ( if my sources are correct, a similar thing happened to Peaches& Cream lately: their security guy was on parole/probation and they used the thread of having it revoked to turn him. Then, he let them in and they got busted ).
i just saw it on ch 4 news.
There will be a story about Ultima Spa on WABC, channel 7 news at 6pm, Friday.
anyone follwing this story on all the news stations.
yet this place remains open?
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