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Five employees at Sayreville strip club charged in alleged prostitution, money laundering scheme

SAYREVILLE – Five employees at Club XXXV on Route 35 have been charged in connection to alleged “promoting and soliciting” prostitution, as well as money laundering, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief John Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department.

The investigation has been an ongoing joint investigation that began last year. On June 14, several search warrants were executed on residences and businesses associated with the investigation with the assistance of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in a press release on June 22.

Anthony Acciardi Sr., 58, of Freehold, Anthony Acciardi Jr., 29, of Old Bridge and Doreen Acciardi, 55, of Freehold, were charged with first-degree money laundering, second-degree promoting organized street crime, third-degree promoting prostitution and other criminal offenses, police said.

Angela Mancini, 32, of Colts Neck, was charged with first-degree money laundering and
second-degree conspiracy and Jennifer Hecker was charged with third-degree
promoting prostitution and a disorderly person’s offense of solicitation of
prostitution, police said.

In May 2021, an initial search warrant was executed at the strip club, and evidence of alleged prostitution was uncovered. During that search, two employees – Jeannine Nichols and Jason Portes – were charged with allegedly promoting prostitution, police said.

Hecker was also charged at the time for allegedly promoting prostitution and the solicitation of prostitution as well as money laundering, police said.

The investigation is led by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Sayreville Police Department with The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Office of Criminal Investigations of the New Jersey Treasury Department.

The defendants have been released from the Middlesex County Adult
Correctional Center as the result of their pre-trial detention hearing on June 21 in Middlesex County Superior Court, according to the press release.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Jason Mader of the Sayreville Police Department at 732-727-4444 or Detective Shadi Zaiton of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-4263.

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