Sam Moore's defense weighing options after conviction

By Tara Morgan - bio | email
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Attorneys for former Club Velvet owner, Sam Moore, said they're now weighing their options.  Moore was convicted late Wednesday of tax evasion.

He remains in custody after a federal judge deemed Moore a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Moore's legal team is trying to figure out its next step.

His attorneys have two weeks to file a motion for a new trial.

Moore's defense team left federal court Wednesday night defeated.

"We respected the jury's decision however we are disappointed," said attorney Michael Morchower.

The prosecutor declined an interview.

"Are you able to comment at all? No comment," said Assistant U.S. Attorney, Michael Gill.

The 47 year old Moore sat expressionless as he learned his fate.

Guilty of cheating the IRS out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Prosecutors said Moore under-reported what he was making off lap dances, cover charges and fines against strippers who broke club rules.

The charges stem from a 2008 raid at the now closed Club Velvet.

"He was targeted there's no question about that by the police," said Morchower.

Federal prosecutors pushed to keep Moore behind bars until sentencing.

They argued Moore's conduct during trial rose to the level of intimidation.

The judge said he believed testimony by a former Club Velvet bartender about Moore offering to pay her to lie during the trial.

The judge described Moore's conduct as quote "a desperate man getting more and more desperate."

This is how Morchower described Moore's demeanor before returning to jail.

"Very composed and resigned to the decision and is disappointed

Moore is scheduled for sentencing on June 17th.

It's expected to be a lengthy hearing as both sides are preparing to put on additional evidence.

Moore could receive as little as three to five on up to 11 years in prison.

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