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Omaha Bikini Bar Front for Prostitution

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Omaha Bikini Bar Front for Prostitution

By Lindsey Theis. CREATED Mar 21, 2014

Omaha, NE- The owners of a downtown Omaha bar are being charged with prostitution and racketeering, according to a federal indictment.

According to documents obtained by KMTV, for 10 years, Louis Venditte, his wife Ruby Venditte, and John Wagstaffe operated Goodfellas as a front for prostitution. Goodfellas was advertised as a club featuring "exotic dancers" who appeared on stage in bikinis.

"After being hired, Workers were persuaded and encouraged to engage in sex acts with Goodfellas' customers for a monetary fee. The majority of customers received sex acts from the Workers in exchange for money," documents say.

The bar was raided by the FBI on October 9th, 2013. At the time, investigators wouldn't comment on why.

From 2003 to October 2013, court documents say the Vendittes and Wagstaffe interviewed and hired female "workers". Those workers were persuaded and encouraged to engage in sex acts with Goodfellas' customers for a monetary fee. Louis Venditte would approve customers.

"Sex would take place in "bedrooms" or a "kitchen" area located within the Goodfellas' premises," documents say.

The indictment says Wagstaffe paid for remodeling of areas where sex acts took place. Wagstaffe and the Vendittes would interview and hire workers together.

The indictment details at least three events at the club where customers paid anywhere from 200 to 400 dollars for sex acts. Federal authorities also accused the Vendittes of driving women across the state line and back to engage in sex acts. The couple would take 50 percent of the fee each time.

Goodfellas is closed. KMTV's attempts to track down the Vendittes and Wagstaffe were unsuccessful. We were able to contact Louis Venditte's son.

"It is a surprise to me. I don't have anything to say," Louis Venditte junior said.