Neumann told the agents she refills bottles with water to serve to the club's employees and dancers when customers want to buy them a drink. It is illegal to refill liquor bottles with any substance, even water, according to a press release from the Department of Revenue.
Agent Tyler Quam explained in the press release that this case is "somewhat unique because the bottles were being refilled with straight water, not with cheaper brands or being diluted. During the investigation, agents found several opened bottles of vodka, rum, whiskey and tequila that were not listed on any purchase invoices for the club, according to the criminal complaint. Neumann told agents those were "personal use" bottles for employees and she allows them to bring their own alcohol to work because she doesn't want them drinking from the bar's stock.
All alcohol possessed at bars in Wisconsin must be properly documented and obtained from legitimate liquor and beer wholesalers to assure that drinks being sold and served are safe and fully taxed, Quam explained. The state investigated Frontier Tavern in and and issued Neumann written warnings for similar violations, including refilling liquor bottles with water, according to the criminal complaint. She is now being charged with three misdemeanors.
Nuemann will make an initial appearance in Vilas County Court on March Facebook Twitter. Eagle River strip club owner charged with filling liquor bottles with water, other violations.
Natalie Brophy Wausau Daily Herald. Click to see the Wausau Daily Herald's special offers at wausaudailyherald.