Strip club that So­pra­nos club was based on be­ing shut down

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - FRONT PAGE - By Isaac Avilucea iav­ilucea@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @IsaacAvilucea on Twit­ter

TREN­TON » “Bada Bing” has been bada banged by the author­i­ties.

The New Jer­sey gen­tle­man’s club de­picted in the mob crime drama “The So­pra­nos” is be­ing stripped of its abil­ity to have “live en­ter­tain­ment,” author­i­ties an­nounced Thurs­day.

The Satin Dolls club in Lodi, the back­drop of the fic­tional “Bada Bing” strip joint in the HBO hit tele­vi­sion show “The So­pra­nos,” has un­til Dec. 17 to stop pro­vid­ing live en­ter­tain­ment and must give up its liquor li­cense, author­i­ties said. A.J.’s Gen­tle­man’s Club in Se­ca­cus is also fac­ing shut­down.

The club’s own­ers — iden­ti­fied as mem­bers of the Car­di­nalle fam­ily — have been un­der state in­ves­ti­ga­tion for more than six years, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Christo­pher Por­rino said in a news re­lease.

The clubs have un­til a Jan. 3, 2018, dead­line to sell or trans­fer their liquor li­censes to a third party as part of a pre­vi­ous con­sent or­der author­i­ties con­tend the own­ers dis­re­garded.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said the club own­ers acted like real mob bosses from the hit mafia se­ries. They “failed to ac­count for large amounts of cash flow­ing in and out of the busi­nesses,” author­i­ties said.

“The Car­di­nalles may have wanted to keep the business in the fam­ily, but that’s not how it works. Their con­tin­ued flout­ing of Al­co­holic Bev­er­age Con­trol laws can­not and will not be tol­er­ated,” Por­rino said in a state­ment. “Il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity was glo­ri­fied at the ‘Bada Bing’ in the fic­tional world of Tony So­prano, but it has no place in mod­ern-day New Jer­sey.”

An­thony Car­di­nalle had been “crim­i­nally dis­qual­i­fied” from run­ning and op­er­at­ing the clubs, author­i­ties said, but con­tin­ued to do so.

He pleaded guilty in 1995 to tax eva­sion for not re­port­ing cash pay­ments from the strip clubs. He was in­dicted again in Jan­uary 2013 and pleaded guilty to par­tic­i­pat­ing in a con­spir­acy with the Gen­ovese crime fam­ily re­lated to the waste-dis­posal in­dus­try, ad­mit­ting to charges of rack­e­teer­ing con­spir­acy and con­spir­acy to com­mit ex­tor­tion.

He was or­dered to spend 30 days in jail and pay fines and resti­tu­tion.

The club was also slapped with charges of crim­i­nal so­lic­i­ta­tion for pros­ti­tu­tion and lewd ac­tiv­ity in May 2017, which re­main pend­ing, of­fi­cials said.

Car­di­nalle was part of a June 2016 fed­eral class-ac­tion law­suit be­cause a former dancer at Satin Dolls said her pay was re­duced to be­low the state’s min­i­mum wage, ac­cord­ing to

A 2011 con­sent or­der called for Car­di­nalle’s wife, Luceen, who was listed as the sole share­holder, to turn over li­censes to daugh­ter Loren. The Car­di­nalles were also or­dered to pay $1.25 mil­lion in penal­ties as part of a deal ham­mered out with of­fi­cials who agreed not to yank the li­censes.

Loren Car­di­nalle had to trans­fer li­censes to an­other party by De­cem­ber 31, 2015 as part of the terms. She asked for ex­ten­sions as the dead­line ap­proached, which were granted, the last com­ing in Septem­ber.

“The hold­ing of li­censes to sell and serve al­co­hol is con­tin­gent upon the own­ers’ be­hav­ing in a rep­utable man­ner,” Di­rec­tor David Ri­ble said. “The Car­di­nalles, quite sim­ply, have not played by the rules de­spite many op­por­tu­ni­ties to cor­rect their be­hav­ior, and it’s time to get them out of the al­co­hol business once and for all.”

Screen­shot im­age taken from “The So­pra­nos” show.

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