Pr. George's County Nightclubs Charged

Nightclubs accused of failing to pay $700k in taxes

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  |  Updated 8:20 PM EDT
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Tax and alcohol violations forced several nightclubs in Prince George's County to shut down. State officials say Tuesday's criminal indictments could help make many neighborhoods safer. News4's Chris Gordon reports.

Chris Gordon

Tax and alcohol violations forced several nightclubs in Prince George's County to shut down. State officials say Tuesday's criminal indictments could help make many neighborhoods safer. News4's Chris Gordon reports.

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Criminal charges have been filed against owners of seven nightclubs in Prince George's County, according to state and local authorities.

The nightclubs are accused of violating various state tax, alcohol and licensing regulations. Maryland state officials said the clubs failed to pay the state about $700,000 in taxes. The offenses also include selling alcohol without the required licenses.

Between June and October, undercover officers conducted surveillance at the seven clubs named in the indictments:

  • Puzzles Event Center, Suitland
  • De La Swan Event Atrium, Hyattsville
  • Let's Chat, Suitland
  • Crossroads, Bladensburg
  • Plaza 23, Temple Hills
  • Black Amethyst, Temple Hills
  • CFE Club, Forestville

Most have been closed down, but Crossroads entertainment complex in Bladensburg, which includes a restaurant and carryout as well as a club, says it's still open and showed News4's Chris Gordon its permits, including what appears to be a current Maryland beer, wine and liquor license.

"Closing many of these clubs has had really a beneficial impact on our communities as many of them were encouraging violence and crime and really wreaking havoc on many of our neighborhoods," State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.

State comptroller Peter Franchot and county Police Chief Mark Magaw joined Alsobrooks in announcing the indictments Tuesday.

Alsobrooks said she's encountering too many nightclubs that aren't paying the required taxes and fees. She said businesses that ignore the law will be prosecuted.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for more information.

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