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Club 35 in Sayreville, New Jersey. (Photo: Google Maps).

Family that owns gentlemen’s club wants to sue Sayreville

Probe led to criminal charges against Democratic municipal chairman

By David Wildstein, March 07 2023 2:11 pm

Sayreville is facing a lawsuit by the family that owns XXXV Gentlemen’ Club (Club 35), alleging that misconduct by the local police department that led to the arrest of members of the Acciardi family, which owns the strip club.

In June 2022, club owner Doreen Acciardi and members of her family were charged with money laundering and promoting prostitution.

Several employees of the family-owned Club 35 were charged with money laundering and promoting prostitution in June.  Prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of more than $3.5 million in assets, including almost $700,000 in gold and silver coins, from the club’s owners

“The Acciardi family maintains its innocence of all charges filed in that case, their attorney, Jeffrey Bronster, said in a statement

This is Doreen Acciardi’s second claim against the borough.

She alleges that Daniel Plumacker, the police chief, sought to have her bail revoked by “falsely claiming that she had come to Borough Hall and caused a disturbance there.”

“Tapes obtained from Borough Hall show that Doreen Acciardi did not even come there on the day in question and that there is no factual basis for the claim made against her by Plumacker,” Bronster said.

Thomas V. Pollando, the Sayreville Democratic municipal chairman and a former councilman, was arrested on bribery charges last September in connection to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s investigation into the local strip club.

As part of the probe Club 35, investigators learned that Pollando had offered to exert influence on how that case might go in exchange for a cash payment.  According to the prosecutor’s office, Pollando was arrested and “was found in possession of the cash payment.”

The club is now closed, but Bronster said there are plans to reopen “in the near future.”

Bronster said that Sayreville had not fulfilled requests made by Acciardi under the state’s Open Public Records Act.

FIve members of the Acciardi family want a Superior Court to file a Notice of Tort Claim against the borough.

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