Former owners of Gold Club, Heat Ultra Lounge sentenced in federal case

Former owners of Gold Club, Heat Ultra Lounge sentenced in federal case

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Two former Horry County club owners learned their fate Tuesday following convictions in a federal racketeering, money laundering and drug trafficking case.

A federal judge sentenced Mike Rose to 40 months in prison, while Vladimir Handl received 44 months.

These sentences could get cut in half, based on good behavior and programs.

Rose is a former owner of The Gold Club, although charges against his company were dismissed.

Handl is the former owner of the Heat Ultra Lounge.

They are two of the five area men indicted in 2015 in the federal case.

Peter Scalise, another man involved in the case, pleaded guilty in January. Earlier this month, former South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper J.D. McGaha was found guilty on related drug charges.

Finally, former Myrtle Beach police officer David Gaither also pleaded guilty in connection to the case.

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