MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Three men indicted last year in a federal racketeering, money laundering and drug trafficking case have pleaded or been found guilty, and will be sentenced in May.
Michael Rose, the former owner of the Gold Club in Myrtle Beach, pleaded guilty Monday to 109 counts after offering a plea deal in which he would 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.
Vladimir Handl, the former owner of the Heat Ultra Lounge, was found guilty of 122 charges during a bench trial on January 22, after waiving a jury trial. He will also be sentenced on May 31, according to court documents.
Peter Scalise, a business associate of Rose and Handl, according to federal indictment documents, had a change of plea hearing on January 5 in which he pleaded guilty to 17 charges, and will also be sentenced on May 31.
According to the original indictment, Rose and Handl, along with their associates, Scalise and former Myrtle Beach Police officer David Gaither, conspired to conduct the affairs of an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering involving money laundering, bank fraud and drug trafficking.