Sam Moore sentenced to 6.5 years in prison

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - He's been acquitted of murder, convicted of having sex with a minor, and famously ran a strip club in Shockoe Bottom for 10 years.

Tonight, Sam Moore is headed to federal prison.

Moore will spend 6 years, 6 months behind bars for tax evasion and filing false returns. The judge also fined Moore $250,000.

A judge handed down the maximum penalty late this afternoon to the owner of the now closed Club Velvet.

Moore showed no emotion as the judge sentenced him for cheating the IRS out of taxes from 2005 to 2007.

But this case also, wasn't just about the tax evasion. The judge increased Moore's sentence today, for obstructing justice before and even during his two week trial.

Judge Robert Payne said Moore engaged in the most obstructive behavior he's ever seen while on the bench.

He said Moore not only messed with the grand jury, but also attempted to pay witnesses and even asked them to lie.

The judge also said he believes Moore tried to hide his assets from the government once he learned federal charges were coming.

Moore gave Club Velvet to a friend to sell. That friend kept Moore's money in bank accounts and even a shoe box. The judge said today, he has no doubt Moore was trying to conceal it.

The defense argued it was the friend that made the offer to sell Club Velvet and that Moore was not trying to hide anything.

The government says Moore owes at least $458,000 in taxes. The IRS will launch a civil suit to collect that money, plus penalties and interest.

His attorneys said today they will appeal Moore's conviction.

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