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Tax Lawyer Loses Disbarment Appeal After Strip Club Guilty Plea

Posted Dec 17, 2010 8:57 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A tax lawyer dubbed “Lap Dance Lou” by one tabloid has been disbarred for promoting prostitution at his Manhattan strip club.

Louis Posner was disbarred because of his March guilty plea to promoting prostitution at the Hot Lap Dance Club, according to stories in the New York Post and the New York Daily News. A state appeals court rejected Posner’s suit to retain his license on Thursday, saying his disbarment was automatic because of the guilty plea.

The New York Post called Posner “Lap Dance Lou” and a “portly pimp.” After his guilty plea, Posner was sentenced to five years’ probation and 60 hours of community service.

The indictment had claimed club patrons paid as much as $5,000 for sex with dancers. After his 2008 arrest, Posner told the New York Daily News he was “shocked, shocked” to learn of the alleged illegal activities.

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