Federal prosecutors have charged Vladimir Handl and Michael Rose from Myrtle Beach, SC for allegedly orchestrating a racketeering scheme pursuant to which, among other things, drug money was laundered through their strip joints and other nightlife establishments across the country according to a Justice Department press release:
According to the indictment, Handl and Rose, along with their associates, Peter Scalise, and David Gaither, conspired to conduct the affairs of an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering involving money laundering, bank fraud, and drug trafficking. Between 2011 through the present, the defendants knowingly accepted more than $2.3 million that they believed either had been fraudulently diverted from a bankruptcy court proceeding or constituted proceeds from drug trafficking, and then laundered the money through their businesses, including Rose's Gold Clubs. The indictment further alleges that as part of their laundering scheme, the defendants created fraudulent invoices, contracts, and other business records to make it appear that the money they received and "cleaned" was for legitimate business transactions. The defendants also sought to acquire cocaine to sell.
Gaither is "a former Myrtle Beach Police officer whose employment was discontinued in 2009 during an investigation into an incident at The Boathouse in which an Horry County Police officer was allegedly intoxicated and 'shaking his penis in front of a crowd of people" as reported by WMBF.