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2641 Speedway Boulevard
Hardeeville, South Carolina,29927
Michael Rose and David Gaither
Michael Rose, owner of The Gold Club franchise and officer David Gaither. Handl and Michael Rose, owner of The Gold Club, allegedly laundering millions in cocaine proceeds through their legitimate businesses. The feds arrested Vladimir Handl, owner of Heat Ultra Lounge nightclub and Michael Rose, owner of the nationwide franchise, The Gold Club. Both Handl and Rose operated their businesses out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As for Michael Rose, he controls PML Clubs, which runs The Gold Club and Rose's Gold Club, a strip club franchise that operates around the country. The money was laundered through the companies Handl and Rose managed, including Heat Lounge and The Gold Club. The FBI claims that the owners created phony invoices and sales contracts and other documents to conceal the dirty money they were laundering. Rose was well known to Myrtle Beach authorities. He often tangled with local law enforcement officials in court, who claimed his strip clubs were havens for drug dealing and prostitution. Local prosecutors said they were unaware of the FBI investigation, although they seemed to be pleased with the outcome. Two other men were also indicted along with Handl and Rose. An attorney for Rose denied all the charges. Like local South Carolina authorities, they were not aware of an investigation into the businesses. Michael Rose was released on an unsecured $500,000 bond. "Mike Rose is going to be pleading not guilty on all charges. We'll do our talking in court. It is significant that Mike, who has no criminal record, was released on his promise to appear. Handl is facing 2,440 years' imprisonment while Rose is looking at 2,160 years behind bars.
Club owner Michael Rose launching new partnership, Millenium Cabaret, at same location
Gold Club owner Michael Rose, who pleaded guilty Jan. 25 to dozens of counts of money laundering and racketeering using his businesses, said this week he is selling his location on the south end of Hilton Head at the same time he launches a new adult entertainment brand, Millenium Cabaret. A Stephanie Rose, whose relationship to Michael Rose is unclear, applied for a business license Monday for 1 Dunnagans Alley under the same name, Millenium Cabaret, owned by South Island Restaurants LLC, according to Bruce Seeley, the town's inspections, collections and audits manager. However, Michael Rose said earlier this week he would only operate The Gold Club on Hilton Head until the new owner - who he would not name - secured a permit. While Michael Rose joined the operation on Dunnagans Alley in 2011, Thomas had run a strip club there since 2011, when it was called Thee Diamond Club, according to town records. Michael Rose and Thomas did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday. A sample of tweets by Michael Rose under the handle @goldclubmike: Rose has periodically tweeted about Hilton Head's Gold Club: Michael Rose says The Gold Club is not involved in the upcoming Millenium Cabaret partnership, which he announced on Twitter on Dec. 11. "One of the biggest deals I have ever made in my life," he wrote under the handle @goldclubmike. That venture launches Thursday, he said in another tweet. "There was never a point where I had to think about whether to be or not to be in this industry," he wrote in an email Monday. Michael Rose is scheduled to be sentenced May 31, along with another co-defendant who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of money laundering on Jan. 5, according to court records.
The motion to dismiss charges against Michael Rose, former owner of the Gold Club and Rodeo Bar and Grill, and Vladimir Handl, owner of the Heat Ultra Lounge, was rejected by Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court of Northern California.
Numerous recordings provided to the court demonstrated that Handl and Rose were "eager participants" who helped devise a strategy to create fictitious companies and invoices to launder money, "and showed little doubt about their commitment to the criminal enterprise," Alsup wrote in his Oct. 19 dismissal. According to one transcript revealed in the judge's dismissal, Rose asked an undercover FBI agent about the source of the funds. "Are these 'High Times' executives or is this the mob? Rose said, according to the transcript. From 2011 until their arrest in March, they allegedly laundered the money through their businesses, which included the Gold Clubs owned by Rose, said the U.S. Attorney's office. In one transcripted conversation cited by the judge, Rose was told by the FBI agent that "If you decided this is not what you want, you let me know." Responded Rose: "Yeah, yeah, I'm fine. Yeah, no problem. That's fine." The recorded conservations demonstrated a lack of coercion, as well as opportunities for Handl and Rose to back out of the scheme, but they continued with the conspiracy, the judge said in his ruling. If convicted of all charges and given the maximum sentence, Handl, Rose, and Scalise face life in prison.
Mike Rose, PML Clubs, Inc.
4420 Oleander Drive Suite 203 Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Office: 843.712.1630 Fax: 843.626.5373
Mike Rose, an owner of The Gold Club that is pictured here in 2011, said this month that the club will no longer feature partially dressed dancers after July 31, and said the change mostly has to do with the countys crackdown on adult-oriented businesses.
Mike Rose, an owner of The Gold Club, announced that the club will no longer feature partially dressed dancers after July 31, and said the change mostly has to do with the countys crackdown on adult-oriented businesses. The nuisance portion is the biggest reason, Rose said of the countys 2013 ordinance. The county is just playing dirty and theyre putting investigators in that are overstating facts and, in some cases, facts are mixed up between different clubs. The club has been open for 10 years, Rose said. We just decided to kill it and get rid of all the entertainment in there, which would undoubtedly abate the nuisance that they are alleging is going on to protect the property and protect the 10 years of business that I had there, Rose said. As for Rose, he said he hopes to one day re-open The Gold Club and open The Gold Club North in the former Thee Dollhouse location, but on the grounds supported by his federal lawsuit. If it was them just coming after me, it would probably be worth the fight to fight the nuisance, Rose said. But the fact that theyre coming after all five clubs, theyre not going to quit.