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Massachusetts strip club owner arrested in Electric Blue prostitution raid

TOLLAND, Conn. (WWLP) – A prostitution bust has led to multiple arrests at a strip club in Tolland, Connecticut.

The owner of the club, 67 years old Kenneth Denning of Holland, Massachusetts, was arrested along with two other men who worked at the Electric Blue Café. According to court documents, Denning allegedly made nearly $6 million in cash from the operation. Everything was not reported and not taxed.


Authorities also discovered that Denning had mistakenly received a $150,000 Covid relief loan.

Arrested along with Denning on Wednesday were 41-year-old Joshua Baker (club manager) of Willimantic, Connecticut, and 41-year-old William Mayo (club bouncer) of Manchester, Connecticut.

Kenneth Denning is accused of:

  • Conspiracy to use an interstate facility to promote or facilitate prostitution
  • Illegal employment of foreigners
  • Conspiracy to file false tax returns
  • Conspiracy to commit advertising and concealing money laundering
  • Engaging in a monetary transaction involving the proceeds of prostitution
  • Aiding and abetting the filing of a false tax return
  • Willful failure to file personal tax returns
  • Wire transfer fraud

Joshua Baker is accused of:

  • Conspiracy to use an interstate facility to promote or facilitate prostitution
  • Illegal employment of foreigners
  • Conspiracy to file false tax returns
  • Conspiracy to commit advertising and concealing money laundering

William Mayo is accused of:

  • Conspiracy to use an interstate facility to promote or facilitate prostitution
  • Illegal employment of foreigners

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