Former Club Velvet owner sentenced to over 6 years in prison

Former Club Velvet owner, Sam Moore, was sentenced this afternoon to 6.5 years in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 in fines. Moore was convicted of tax evasion, with the action brought against him by federal prosecutors. Charges stemmed from a 2008 raid on the now defunct Club Velvet strip club. Moore was convicted in February of […]

Former Club Velvet owner, Sam Moore, was sentenced this afternoon to 6.5 years in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 in fines. Moore was convicted of tax evasion, with the action brought against him by federal prosecutors. Charges stemmed from a 2008 raid on the now defunct Club Velvet strip club. Moore was convicted in February of this year.

If Moore ever desired anonymity in Richmond, his decisions floundered such wishes. His former strip club in Shockoe Bottom featured an outré painting of Princess Diana on the club’s exterior for many years. In July of 2008, Moore served 30 days in jail for having sex with a minor and videotaping sex with an adult. He further ensconced himself in local notoriety when he allowed a depiction of President Obama as Batman’s famed villain the Joker to be painted on the club’s exterior. Underneath the image, which some thought was racist because of the white makeup to make the President look like the character, was the word socialism.

It is unknown if Moore’s attorneys will appeal the decision.

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  1. JG on said:

    Not that I think this guy was an angel by any means, but I find the sentence rather harsh when you have big time celebrities as well as very profitable companies not seeing jail time for the same offense with probably an even larger amount owed to the IRS.

  2. Anonymous on said:

    Glad to see this guy going to jail.

    Yeah, too bad it’s just tax evasion, but that was what got Capone.

  3. He was acquitted in 14 rape cases AND a murder case. I’m glad they threw the book at him for this. They needed to get him for something.

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