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LCT Exclusive photo: A convoy of federal authorities raided Charlie Horky's ranch near Las Vegas on Thursday morning, Dec. 13, 2012, removing computers, boxes and other evidence.
[Note to Readers: LCT delayed publicizing this news event to give Horky an opportunity to comment. Sara Eastwood-McLean and Martin Romjue have left voice mail messages and sent e-mails to Horky. This article will be updated as warranted].
LAS VEGAS — CLS Las Vegas owner and CEO Charlie Horky pleaded innocent before a federal magistrate Thursday evening who allowed him to return to work on Friday running his company under certain conditions, according to Las Vegas area media reports.
Horky, who was released on his own recognizance, so far could not be reached for comment by LCT Magazine. His lawyer, Richard Schonfeld, was quoted in an article in the Las Vegas Review Journal: "CLS is a very reputable company and well-recognized in this community. We look forward to vigorously defending the case." Horky is innocent until/unless proven guilty in a court trial.
Federal authorities Thursday morning arrested Horky and eight employees of the CLS Transportation/CLS Las Vegas following their indictment on federal racketeering, drug, prostitution and fraud charges, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.
Horky’s career extends over three decades, starting as Los Angeles-based chauffeur, Los Angeles company owner and operator, and as of 2005, CEO of one of the largest chauffeured transportation companies in Las Vegas.
Others arrested include: CLS Las Vegas manager Kimberly Flores, 42, financial advisor Archie Granata, 69, limousine drivers Dawit Moszagi, 47, Clarence Adams, 38, James Reda, 38, and Mikhail Maleev, 48, and CLS associates Solomon Zemedhun, 39, and Olive Toli, 48. All are from Las Vegas except for Granata, who resides in Reno.
They were charged with conspiring to participate in an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activities including wire fraud, access device fraud, bank fraud, distribution of controlled substances, and the use of interstate commerce to facilitate and distribute proceeds of prostitution.
Appearing before federal Magistrate Judge George Foley Jr. Thursday evening, Horky, Flores, Reda, Adams and Zemedhun pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released. They had to turn over their passports and their travel has been restricted. Horky is limited to traveling in California and Nevada, and also has 72 hours to turn over a dozen firearms. Flores was restricted to traveling in the United States. Adams, a former professional boxer, is restricted to Nevada.
The judge also allowed Horky and Flores to return to work, but they will have court-appointed attorney Timothy Cory of Las Vegas overseeing the company's operations and checking its finances on a weekly basis. The trial date for those released is Feb. 12.