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Carencro club's co-owner admits prostitution

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Posted: Feb 1, 2014 4:40 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Prostitution, strip club, Carencro

LAFAYETTE, La. - The co-owner of a closed strip club in Carencro has pleaded guilty to illegally making at least $500,000 from prostitution at Desperado's Cabaret.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says 70-year-old Dipvak Vora, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty Friday to a one-count bill of information. The charge was engaging in interstate travel in aid of racketeering by receiving illegal proceeds from prostitution.

He could get up to five years and a $250,000 fine at sentencing June 11.

Vora had been indicted on racketeering, which carries up to 20 years in prison.

He admitting knowing as early as 2006 that prostitution was going on at Desperado's.

He was among 10 people indicted in May. Five have pleaded guilty.

Co-owner James Panos and his wife, Jennifer, are among five scheduled for trial May 12.

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