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Man gets 60 years for massage parlor prostitution

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has received a 60-year term in federal prison after he was convicted of 96 felonies, mostly charging that Bruno Bordonici, 62, used a Fairbanks massage parlor as a front for prostitution and cocaine sales.

U.S. District Judge John Sedwick said Friday that he assigned the minimum sentence on all but one of the counts and called the prison time ''more than adequate.''

Bordonici's court-appointed lawyer, Robert Noreen, said an appeal would be filed.

Bordonici, the former owner of Oriental Massage Parlor and International Check Cashing, maintained his innocence Friday when Sedwick asked at the beginning of the hearing if he had read the pre-sentence report.

Police arrested Bordonici in November 2000 on state charges of drugs and weapons misconduct, as well as promoting prostitution. The arrest came after undercover officers said they bought cocaine from Bordonici's business on four occasions, and after a sting operation in which officers sought masseuses who were actually prostitutes.

The state later dropped the charges in lieu of the larger case planned by federal prosecutors.

Bordonici was then indicted on 102 federal felony counts in June 2001. Sixty-seven were charges of using an interstate facility for a racketeering enterprise, 21 were for distributing a controlled substance and the others included charges of debt collection by extortion, weapons misconduct, conspiracy, money laundering and possession of stolen mail. More money laundering counts were added later.

A jury found Bordonici guilty of 96 of the counts following a three-week trial in February.

Bordonici's sentence means he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. But it includes several probation provisions should he ever be released.



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