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Scores Busted in Tax Scam

NY- Honchos at the topless-joint empire Scores have been indicted for stripping millions of dollars from the government by setting up sham companies to skirt paying taxes, sources revealed yesterday.

The Manhattan district attorney today is set to unseal bombshell indictments against two owners of the famous strip biz, as well as a female Scores bookkeeper related to one of the men, the sources said.

The skimmed millions were allegedly used to pay for lavish homes, luxury cars and extravagant vacations for the owners, identified by sources as Harvey Osher and Richard Goldring.

Osher is already on parole after copping a plea to money-laundering in 2001.

Sources said the big-bucks scam involved diverting money raked in at the clubs to reputed consulting firms that were actually shell companies used to hide the money from the tax collector.

Addresses for two of the alleged shell companies were actually those of Scores’ corporate offices on East 58th Street.

A rep for Scores, which operates clubs on the East and West sides of Manhattan, referred all calls for comment to a company lawyer. The lawyer did not return a call last night.

The suspects are expected to turn themselves in to authorities today.

According to the TV report, the DA has also brought Canadian authorities into the probe, because one of the alleged sham firms was set up in Canada.

The suspected sham companies were identified by WABC as DDM Sales, T and O Consulting and Zeus Business Solutions. The “T” in T and O reportedly refers to the first name of Osher’s wife, Tamilla.

The allegations come on the heels of a string of other woes for Scores.

They include charges that the clubs’ management pressured some of its scantily clad workers to turn over a portion of their tips.

Customers also have griped about alleged gross overcharging.

Last year, the CEO of a computer firm from St. Louis was infamously slapped with a bill for $241,000.

Scores has been sued at least twice in the past two years for alleged overcharges.

Meanwhile, Osher and Goldring also have been involved in a bizarre court battle with the clubs’ former owner.

Last July, the pair filed a $100 million lawsuit claiming ex-owner Irving Bilzinsky has been waging a terror campaign against them to try to reclaim the club.


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