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Local Strip Club Owner And Reality TV Personality Nabbed

Renee Anne Vicary, 51, of Corona, is charged with six felony counts in connection with four bars she owned.

Those racy billboards that dot the 15 Freeway between Lake Elsinore and Corona are fewer these days, and one reason could be that the owner of a local strip club has been charged with multiple crimes.

Renee Anne Vicary, 51, of Corona entered a not-guilty plea in court Wednesday on tax evasion and five other felony counts that include willful misrepresentation to obtain insurance, court documents indicate.

Vicary also faces sentence-enhancing allegations of committing a white-collar crime -- where the loss is more than $100,000 -- and taking, destroying or damaging property.

The charges are in connection with her ownership and operation of four businesses, in the cities of Corona, Anaheim, Yucaipa and Apple Valley.

One of those owned by Vicary was the former Corona-based Angels Sports Bar and Gentleman’s Club.

According to Riverside County District Attorney spokesman John Hall, Angels was featured on an episode of the Spike network television makeover show “Bar Repair” in July 2011, during which it was renamed Racks Billiards & Bourbon.

Vicary has surrendered herself on a bench warrant to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan, court documents indicate.

The judge set a felony settlement conference for Aug. 13.

Vicary faces 14 years in prison if convicted on all charges and allegations, according to Hall.

An investigation into Vicary's alleged misdoings began nearly two years ago, when the DA’s office received information that she was not accurately reporting her employee payroll at the Corona bar, Hall wrote in a news release issued by his office.

Investigators determined that an insurance policy owned by Vicary listed four employees at each of the Corona and Anaheim businesses and three employees each at the San Bernardino County businesses, Hall said.

However, further investigation determined that Vicary had more employees than listed at each of the locations, Hall said.

Search warrants were subsequently served at the bars, her Corona home and a number of banks, Hall said.

“It took many months for EDD and three insurance companies used by Vicary to complete audits,” Hall said.

“Once those audits were done, it was found that losses were in excess of $340,000," Hall said.

Vicary is currently out of custody on her own recognizance, court papers state.

Roberto June 14, 2012 at 06:17 PM
The Riverside County District Attorney's Office is nothing more than a legal extornionist in my opinion. Melendez buys two homes in an RDA Area and no investigation or charges are brought forth when politician on rthere side is involved. Same exact offense Alongi was tried and convicted for. Wheres the beef?
KJ June 14, 2012 at 08:39 PM
To all who worked on this one, congratulations. Good job! And thanks to DA Mayman for accepting the case for prosecution.
Roberto June 14, 2012 at 09:34 PM
The property owned by Melendez in the RDA area she did not disclose interest in is on 09/29/10 is 311, 500 and the other property is 425,000 recoerded 3/21/03. What was good enough for George Alongi should be good enough for Melissa Melendez.
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 15, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I've never been to a strip club or gentlemens club. To me, that's like going to a buffet while starving, and only being allowed to touch, but not taste. Talk about frustration. Also, i'm not sure I would fit well in that type of company.
Diana June 15, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Roberto: What does Melendez have to do with this? Why do you feel the need to post the same thing regarding your issue with her on every article that comes across the Patch, I think all of us that read the Patch pretty much get how you feel about her, save your energy we get your message.
ak malone June 16, 2012 at 07:42 AM
Funny shit I worked for that woman off and on for 5 years and I don't have any sympathy For her or her legal problems...
Gale Roostertail March 17, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Somebody let her know the prison food is much better than the slop she was serving.....
Will March 18, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Bar Rescue. Might want to fire your editor. Next time do proper research, throws your credibility into question when you can't get something as a TV show's name right.
Michael J. Arvizu January 29, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Patch is a joke.

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