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Denver’s madam is facing 70 criminal counts stemming from her high-profile escort business, the Denver Sugar/Denver Players, located near 17th Avenue and Fillmore Street, which allegedly catered to a long list of prominent, though still-unnamed, clients—reportedly local celebrities, athletes, public servants, and prominent businesspeople. The counts, which include tax evasion, racketeering, witness tampering, and money laundering, come two years after the Internal Revenue Service raided Debra L. Stewart’s alleged brothel operation, which is said to have generated some $110,000, according to The Denver Post.
One of Stewart’s purported clients was former Chief U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham, whose full name and cell phone number appeared on a list of clients from the club. Following an investigation into his conduct, Nottingham resigned, recalls 9News. Stewart, who is accused of concealing her income as a prostitute and then as a madam between 2005 and 2007 through a company she called Phoenix Media and Consulting LLC, is expected in court this month and faces dozens of years in prison. Read the full indictment here.
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