BRIDGEPORT — The previous president of a Milford strip club instructed a judge that an $87,000 verify he cashed from a reputed mobster months prior to he declared personal bankruptcy is a “red herring” that does not involve a lot more investigation.

But the decide disagreed Tuesday throughout a hearing in federal court docket, granting a ask for from a Division of Justice attorney for far more time to collect data and evidence in the situation of Joseph Regensburger, who ran Keepers Gentlemen’s Club on Woodmont Street when it misplaced a lawsuit from 6 unique dancers indicating they were not compensated a minimal wage or for time beyond regulation.

Quickly just after shedding the case, Regensburger filed for personal bankruptcy in federal courtroom. There, a attorney representing the dancers stated financial institution documents he subpoenaed clearly show Regensburger cashed countless numbers of bucks in checks signed by Gus Curcio, a previous reputed mobster associated with the club, from a constrained legal responsibility corporation he controls.

The checks totaled “well around $100,000” inside the just one-year search-back period afforded to authorities in bankruptcy scenarios to investigate a debtor’s belongings, in accordance to a filing from Holley L. Claiborne, a federal lawyer symbolizing the United States Trustee, which oversees bankruptcy circumstances.

In his own filing, Regensburger said that at minimum 1 of the checks he signed — dated June 11, 2020 and produced out to “Cash” for $87,000 — is a “red herring.”

Which is since Regensburger stated the resources from the verify, from the Curcio-connected LLC called Majestic Management, “were immediately deposited” at the exact same financial institution to an account for a various LLC linked to Curcio, Millennium Group Administration.

Regensburger described himself as a “runner” for the businesses.

“The (United States Trustee) does not need more time to examine anything in order to file a motion to dismiss or an objection to a discharge,” Regensburger wrote to the court Jan. 12.