News that Privé, the nightclub at Planet Hollywood, had been hit with big fines by the Gaming Control Board for dumping drunk customers into the casino and pouring them into cabs isn’t really surprising. We’ve been hearing stories like this for years, and the FBI and Metro previously teamed up to investigate the odd ownership structure of some of the lucrative joints.
R-J columnist Jane Ann Morrison nailed the subject on Monday.
Now for some intriguing speculation.
At last check Privé’s managing director was Greg Jarmolowich, formerly of Pure, the nightclub under investigation by the IRS. It’s no secret inside the club industry that Jarmolowich is suspected of cooperating with federal authorities in their investigation.
Will the $500,000 Privé fine make authorities reluctant to use whatever they’ve learned from Jarmolowich should the Pure case reach the prosecution phase?