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UPDATE: EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The owner of Java Juggs and Twin Peaks espresso stands pleaded guilty Tuesday in Everett to charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering.

Snohomish County prosecutors say baristas at five stands owned by Carmela Panico engaged in sex shows and prostitution to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in tips.

   

The 52-year-old could face up to a year in a jail when she's sentenced in March, but prosecutors are recommending a two-day jail sentence with credit for two days served.

    

The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1sXAFTY ) as part of a plea deal Panico agreed to surrender $250,000 deputies seized from her home in a 2013 raid. She also turns over the five coffee stands to the city of Everett. And she agreed to testify against others involved in her criminal activities.

    

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com


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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say the owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts.
    
Snohomish County prosecutors charged 52-year-old former nude dancer Carmela Panico with promoting prostitution and money laundering, alleging that she was the madam of drive-thru brothels throughout the county north of Seattle.
    
Court documents say the baristas would expose their breasts and genitals and charge for sex acts.
    
The Everett Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1lliY1P ) Saturday that Panico's attorney told the court she is no longer in the coffee business and has sold off some of her stands and leased others. In a raid last year, investigators found $250,000 at Panico's home.
    
The investigation into Panico has also resulted in the prosecution of a veteran sheriff's sergeant. Darrell O'Neill is accused of tipping off Panico and baristas to ongoing police investigations in return for sexual favors.
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