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Former Gold Club owner submits plea deal in federal drug trafficking, money laundering case

Myrtle Beach businessman Michael Rose is accused of operating a criminal enterprise with Vladimir Handl. Myrtle Beach businessman Michael Rose is accused of operating a criminal enterprise with Vladimir Handl.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The former owner of the Gold Club in Myrtle Beach is offering a plea deal in a federal racketeering, money laundering and drug trafficking case in which six other men were arrested in March of 2015.

According to court documents, Michael Rose is offering a deal in which he would plead guilty and accept responsibility for engaging in financial transactions involving proceeds derived from drug trafficking with the intent to conceal them between May 2012 and December 2014, and creating false business records.

In exchange, Rose would be allowed to remain out on bond until sentencing, the documents state.

If the federal judge agrees to sign the plea deal, Rose would plead guilty on January 25. If not, Rose would still have the option to go to trial.

In September of this year, Rose’s attorney submitted an motion to dismiss the charges against him, calling the case a “completely government created scheme.” That motion was denied, with the judge stating, in part, that it is not outrageous, "to approach individuals who are already involved in or contemplating a criminal act, or to provide necessary items to a conspiracy.”

According to the original indictment, Rose and Vladimir Handl, who was arrested in the Florence area, 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.

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