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Owner, manager accused of using Dodge Co. strip club for prostitution

Two men could spend up to five years in prison over allegations that they used a Dodge County strip club for prostitution.

Michael Siegal, one of the club’s owners, and Scott Hoeft, a former bartender and manager, were charged with varioius counts of conspiracy on Tuesday. Siegel was also indicted for lying to law-enforcement officials.

The indictment says the two conspired together to use the Hardware Store strip club for prostitution as a way to make more money. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said from 2009 to 2018, they hired dancers willing to work as prostitutes and allowed customers to use credit cards to pay for lap dances and champagne rooms to obtain cash to pay the prostitutes. Officials say Siegel lied in 2018 to law-enforcement officials who were investigating allegations of human trafficking.

Siegel and Hoeft could spend up to five years in prison and have to pay a $250,000 fine if convicted of conspiracy. Siegal could also face up to eight years in prison if he is convicted of lying to law enforcement.

About Michaela Paukner, mpaukner@wislawjournal.com

Michaela Paukner is the legal reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She can be reached at (414) 225-1825 or by email at mpaukner@wislawjournal.com.

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