by Ivan Foley
The former owner of a downtown restaurant/bar in Platte City has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in a money laundering scheme involving more than $200,000.
Mendy Read-Forbes, age 40 of Platte City, was given the sentence last week in federal court. Read-Forbes owned and operated the Pirates Cove Grill and Bar on Main Street in Platte City, directly across from the Platte County Courthouse, in the years 2003-2005.
Read-Forbes, Platte City, and Laura Shoop, 49, also of Platte City, were originally charged in a superseding indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. For more on story.