LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nye County brothel owner Maynard “Joe” Richards has quietly sold his bordellos after a controversial career spanning nearly four decades.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the 78-year-old Richards still owns a strip club in Pahrump and says he’s writing a book.

Richards recently sold his Cherry Patch 2 property, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, to brothel mogul Dennis Hof.

Hoff plans to reopen the business with an outer-space theme.

Richards sold his other two Nye County brothels to Hof in 2010.

Richards pleaded guilty in March 2009 to federal wire fraud for paying a Nye County commissioner $5,000 to rewrite an ordinance that would help his business.

Prostitution is legal in rural Nevada counties, but is prohibited in the state’s population centers of Clark and Washoe counties.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

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