Carmela Panico, 52, must forfeit some $250,000 that police seized
from her home last year and surrender her five coffee businesses in
the Seattle area, the Herald of Everett newspaper reported, citing
the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
A paralegal with the office confirmed the plea deal but did not
"The business was popular," an affidavit filed late last month in
Washington state Superior Court in Snohomish County said.
"Citizen complaints and police contacts alerted several law
enforcement agencies that Panico and her employees would expose
their breasts and genitals, engage in lewd conduct, and have sexual
contact with some of their customers," it said.
Panico owned and operated coffee sheds, with names like "Java Juggs"
and "Twin Peaks" in Seattle area cities of Everett, Edmonds,
Lynnwood, and Kent and sought to hide her money through financial
transactions from April 2011 to June 2013, the court documents said.
Some baristas made between $15,000 and $30,000 in a month and one
reportedly earned $89,000 in a single month, the charging documents
Customers in many cases would pay a barista $20 - $6 for a coffee
plus $14 to expose her breasts or bottom. One barista said she made
about $100,000 per year, the affidavit said.
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Panico must also testify against a former Snohomish County sheriff's
sergeant who is accused of warning Panico about police
investigations into her drive-up brothels in exchange for sex, the
Herald of Everett said.
The newspaper reported Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Bob
Hendrix as saying he plans to recommend that Panico be sentenced to
two days in jail and get credit for two days she has served. She
faces up to a year in jail when she is sentenced in March.
Panico did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Ken Wills)
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