Federal agents raid former strip club owner's home - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Federal agents raid former strip club owner's home

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A former Memphis strip club owner is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS agents swarmed Ralph Lunati's house Tuesday afternoon. They pulled into his gated community in unmarked cars and began investigating his home.

One neighbor said the Lunatis were out of town during the raid. She said she is shocked by the raid because the Lunatis are so nice.

"They're great neighbors. He offered from the day we moved in to help if we needed anything. Sent me flowers when my parents died. They're just really nice people," Pat Britt said.

Lunati lives in the 6300 block of Massey Manor Cove, a couple blocks away from Lausanne Collegiate School.

Britt is taking care of the Lunatis' cats while they are out of town.

"I offered to help and oh no they didn't need me, and of course the alarm goes off. Then they needed me to come silence the alarm," Britt said.

Britt said she called Lunati's wife during the raid and an agent wanted to know who she was talking with.

"He took my phone and he was talking with her for a while," Britt said.

Lunati owned the Platinum Plus strip club in 2005 when it got shut down and called a public nuisance. He was eventually sentenced to 18 months in prison for promoting prostitution at two of his clubs.

He was also sentenced for conspiracy to commit racketeering. Under a plea agreement, Lunati agreed to give up the Platinum Plus property. The property and contents of the building were auctioned off, including 200 pairs of shoes, a disco ball and a wooden bar that sold for $30,000.

IRS agents were not able to say exactly what they are looking for at Lunati's home, but they did confirm they are conducting an investigation.

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