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Two Plead Guilty In Racketeering Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two former Las Vegas limousine company executives have pleaded guilty to federal racketeering conspiracy charges in a case that prosecutors say involved a multi-million dollar prostitution, drug trafficking and fraud scheme.

CLS Nevada manager Kimberly Flores and financial adviser Archie Granata pleaded guilty Monday, and U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones let them remain free pending sentencings Oct. 16.

CLS chief executive Charles Horky is due to plead guilty Sept. 25.

Flores’ lawyer, Craig Drummond, insisted Flores wasn’t involved in prostitution and drug-dealing.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Drummond acknowledged that his client admitted participating in a scheme that defrauded American Express and its card holders of $2.8 million through unauthorized charges.

Granata’s lawyer, Richard B. Herman, says Granata also had no involvement in drug trafficking or prostitution.



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