Grand Strand area businessmen, former MBPD officer face more than 340 federal charges, including money laundering, racketeering

Three Grand Strand area businessmen and a former Myrtle Beach police officer are facing charges in connection with federal racketeering, money-laundering, and drug trafficking-related crimes and appeared in U.S. District Court Thursday.

The four are charged in a seven-person indictment that involves millions of dollars fraudulently diverted from bankruptcy proceeding or “constituted proceeds from drug trafficking,” according to a press release from the U.S. District Attorneys Office in Northern California. The charges also carry maximum sentences that could add up to thousands of years for some of those charged.

Michael Rose, owner of the former gentleman’s club The Gold Club and Broadway at the Beach’s Rodeo Bar and Grill; Vladimir Handl, owner of Heat Ultra Lounge; Peter Scalise, owner of Zest restaurant, which burned in the Front Street fire in Georgetown in 2013; and David Gaither, a former Myrtle Beach police officer who was fired in 2009 following a report he exposed himself on the Intracoastal Waterway, all are among those charged and appeared in federal court Thursday to have their bonds set.