Prosecutors allege crime ring ran out of two Brooklyn, Ill. strip clubs

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by Chris Stanford / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 9:21 AM

(KMOV.com) - There are major developments in a crackdown on crime at strip clubs in the Metro East. 

Charges have been filed and warrants have been issued for eight people accused of laundering money and running prostitutes out of two clubs.

Brooklyn's S & L Rub and Bottoms Up have been targeted by law enforcement for more than a year.  After a raid in December, massage parlor S & L Rub was shut down.  Bottoms Up is still operating.

Prosecutors are alleging one ownership group had been running both businesses.

Sonny Henry, Jason E. Henry, Beulah M Henry, Lori R. Fowler, Julia M. Fowler, Timothy L. Lewis, Deborah Perkinson, and Charles L. Chandler JR are charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to keep a place of prostitution.  

Prosecutors are alleging the illegal activities have been going on at the clubs for at least a decade.

"Those places which are magnets for criminal that are bringing down Brooklyn, we're going to focus on them and use every tool we have under the law to put them out of business if they're not going things the right way," said Illinois State's Attorney Brendan Kelly.

All eight suspects have posted bail.  No one was at Bottoms Up Monday afternoon to comment on the charges.

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