Scores: How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History

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9781504758673: Scores: How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History

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Meet Michael Blutrich, a mild-mannered New York lawyer and founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York City history. Scores benefited from some unconventional funding: the proceeds of a Florida insurance embezzlement scheme.

All Blutrich wanted was to lay low, make the club a success, and put his criminal acts behind him. But then the Mafia decided to make Scores a new home for its own illegal dealings. And just when success was booming to new heights, the FBI came knocking.

Scores, with its popular slogan, ''Where Sports and Pleasure Come Together,'' became wildly popular, in part thanks to Blutrich's ability to successfully bend the rules of adult entertainment. It was the first club in Manhattan to feature lap dancing by ignoring laws requiring dancers to perform on pedestals and remain six feet away from patrons. He also figured out how to neatly sidestep statutes requiring topless dancers to wear pasties by covering the offending areas of their breasts with latex paint. His formula worked, and Scores grew into the hottest club in Manhattan, frequented by sports superstars, Oscar-winning actors, television icons, Grammy-winning singers, and political notables alike. On any given night, stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Howard Stern, and Madonna were among the famous faces in the crowd, and Scores became a favorite of the New York club scene.

Unfortunately for Blutrich, it would all soon implode.

Scores was located in a neighborhood controlled by the Gambino crime family, and it soon became a hotbed for illicit mob activity, culminating in a double murder that left two of his employees dead. When federal prosecutors started sniffing around for potential crimes at the club, he went from carefree club owner to undercover spy in a heartbeat.

To obtain maximum leniency for his own insurance fraud, Blutrich became an unlikely but highly successful undercover FBI informant. By wearing body wires and placing ceiling cameras in his offices, he was eventually credited by the government with more than thirty Mafia convictions, including a crime-family head and associates from multiple international families. For his cooperation, the Department of Justice and the FBI assured him he would avoid any significant jail time.

Or that's how it was supposed to go, at least.

Here Michael Blutrich tells it all: recording armed gangsters in the act of committing felonies, repeatedly evading discovery through amazing stealth, living with death threats that included brandished weapons and body searches, revealing long-covered-up celebrity doings, enduring a psychotic break from the imposed pressures, and losing everything in his life in the name of earning redemption.

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Michael D. Blutrich, after distinguishing himself as an extraordinary undercover cooperator credited with almost forty convictions of Mafia defendants, was unexpectedly sentenced, over government opposition, to more than thirteen years of imprisonment in the Federal Witness Security Program. Today he lives and works under a new identity in a secret location. After graduating from the Georgetown University Law Center, he had a distinguished legal career as a Park Avenue attorney, including a partnership with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. As an entrepreneur, he was the original owner of Scores, as well as several other popular nightclubs, owned an HBO boxing promotion enterprise, and for seven years hosted Psychic Eye, an acclaimed radio talk show on both WOR-AM and WEVD-AM in New York City. He has been interviewed on 60 Minutes regarding his undercover experiences.

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''A fascinating, funny, and, at times, frightening tale of strippers, money, and the mob by one of the FBI's most unlikely informants ever!'' --Anderson Cooper

''The Mob takes retribution seriously. And it has a long memory and they will find an opportunity, if possible, and they will kill Michael Blutrich.'' --Art Leach, former federal prosecutor and chief of the Organized Crime Task Force

''Scores is a compelling true crime book that takes readers on a wild ride. This book has it all – mobsters, strippers, extortion, G-men, and one unlikely FBI informant. Michael Blutrich has told a riveting tale that will keep reader entertained and enthralled.'' --Miles Corwin, author of Homicide Special

''In Scores, we finally have the definitive insider memoir of the club that changed New York City nightlife forever. The book is a blockbuster ride revealing secrets held close since the 1990s.'' --Harvey Osher, Scores owner, 1998-2008

''Michael's story is a riveting window into the secret world of FBI undercover cooperation by a prominent NYC lawyer against the Mafia. As Michael's lawyer, I was present for many of the events he describes, and, unbelievable as it may seem, his story is true. His case is like no other I've encountered in my 40-year career, and his book will become an instant classic. Even knowing how it would end, I couldn't put the book down until the final page.'' --Morris ''Sandy'' Weinberg, Jr., Partner, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, Tampa, FL, Former AUSA in the Southern District of New York, Chair-elect of the ABA Criminal Justice Section

''Michael Blutrich, a smart lawyer from Brooklyn, was feeling pretty good when his new Upper East Side strip club became a must-visit destination for everyone from Leonardo Di Caprio to Donald Trump. Then Blutrich found out he had partners he hadn't known about: John Gotti's crime family. An irrepressible wiseacre, Blutrich's first thought was that he'd seen nothing about that in the lease. Then a couple of hoods whacked two employees and things got very real, very fast. Soon, Blutrich became the least likely undercover agent the FBI ever had, wearing a wire against Gotham's biggest gangsters. But he kept his eyes open and his sense of humor and the result is this great read.'' --Tom Robbins, investigative reporter and coauthor of Mob Boss

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