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Man operates strip club and brothel in his home while collecting Social Security disability from government

By Mason White 6:37 PM January 19, 2017
By: Chan Yuan

A man ran a brothel in his home while he collected disability funds from the government, according to police in Arkansas.

Now, Gary Lemond Shorter, 61, of Little Rock, was sentenced to federal prison for making a false statement to the Social Security Administration.

On Wednesday, United States District Judge Kristine G. Baker sentenced Shorter to 21 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Judge Baker also imposed a $500 fine, and ordered Shorter to pay restitution to Social Security in the amount of $15,208.

Shorter pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Social Security Administration.

According to the police investigation, Shorter was operating a strip club and brothel out of his residence located on Wolfe Street.

He named his business “the Cat House.” Shorter began receiving Social Security Disability benefits in 2011, based on false representations that he could not work.

Shorter hosted “shows” at “the Cat House,” where he would charge a $10 admission fee and sell alcohol to patrons.

Inside of the house, women would strip for the patrons and were required to pay Shorter a fee from what they earned for stripping.

The upstairs of Shorter’s residence was known as “the VIP area,” where women would engage in sex acts in exchange for money.

Shorter would receive payment from the individuals using the VIP room.

“The defendant not only took advantage of the Social Security Administration, but he benefited from the sexual exploitation of multiple women,” prosecutors said.