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Dancer Sues Suburban Strip Club Owner Over Unpaid Wages

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CHICAGO (STMW) – A dancer who worked for a suburban topless club owner now in prison for tax fraud is suing her former boss, claiming he didn’t pay overtime and unfairly took money out of her wages.

Argyro Roula Manis filed the suit late last month in U.S. District Court against Michael G. Welleck, of Libertyville, who partially owned and operated Heavenly Bodies in Elk Grove Village, Skybox in Harvey and Cowboys in Markham.

Welleck, 63, was sentenced to one year in prison earlier this year after pleading guilty to one count of obstructing the IRS in the collection of taxes and one count of filing a false federal income tax return for 2000. Welleck was accused of stiffing the IRS out of millions of dollars in taxes while hoarding $12 million in cash in an Elk Grove Village warehouse.

In her suit, Manis said she and other Welleck employees were required to work more than 40 hours a week, but didn’t get paid overtime. The dancers had money illegally taken out of their checks, according to the suit.

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