7 Nightclubs are charged with tax, alcohol and licensing violations.
The indictments against the clubs were announced Tuesday by State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, PGCo Police Chief Mark Magaw and state comptroller Peter Franchot. All total, the clubs owe more than $700,000 to the state. At the press conference, Comptroller Franchot said that this investigation is not over and there is potentially millions owed by nightclubs to Maryland.
Authorities identified the clubs which had owners and managers charged as
Puzzles Event Center on St. Barnabas Road in Suitland
De La Swan Event Atrium on Ardwick Ardmore Road in Hyattsville
Let’s Chat on St. Barnabas Road in Suitland
Crossroads on Baltimore Avenue in Bladensburg
Plaza 23 on St. Barnabas Road in Temple Hills
Black Amethyst on Raleigh Road in Temple Hills
CFE Club on Marlboro Pike in Forestville.
CFE Club had closed last year because of a use and occupancy permit violation. Black Amethyst closed earlier this year after police found similar problems, authorities said. The other five clubs remain open. Citing a 45% drop in homicides from last year, Police Chief Magaw stated that closing illegal clubs is crucial to reducing violent crime in PG County. A number or owners and personnel, 16 in total, associated with the clubs were indicted on charges to include failure to file sales and use tax returns, selling alcohol without a license and felony theft. Prosecutors said that together, the clubs owed more than $700,000 to the state.
Maybe collecting the millions owed will be a start to closing the budget gap. Umph.