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Feds asks judge to block ex-Milford strip club owner bankruptcy

BRIDGEPORT — A federal government lawyer says a Fairfield man who used to own a Milford strip club should be barred from declaring bankruptcy, citing dozens of separate instances in which he allegedly concealed assets or “knowingly and fraudulently” failed to disclose details of his financial affairs — including tens of thousands of dollars in checks signed by a former reputed mobster.

The feds’ complaint in the case of Joseph Regensburger, former president of Keepers, comes weeks after the Woodmont Road “gentlemen’s club” asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a $113,560 judgment to dancers who worked there affirmed by the Connecticut Appellate Court in October. 

Regensbuger did not return a message seeking comment Tuesday – and declined to speak during a hearing in the bankruptcy case last month before Judge Julie Manning.

The latest developments come more than seven years after the exotic dancers first filed a lawsuit in the case claiming they were not being paid a minimum wage or overtime after working 40 hours in any week and were fined for breaking the club rules — and more than three years after an arbitrator initially ruled in their favor.

A judge confirmed the arbitrator’s ruling in October

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