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November 14, 2008

IRS agents raid Kittens club in Salisbury

METHUEN — Internal Revenue Service agents yesterday raided a home and Salisbury strip club owned by Kevin Moury, a former city councilor and veteran Methuen public works employee.

Moury and his wife Debra McCann-Moury own a home at 46 Kimball Road in Methuen and Kittens strip club on Route 1 in Salisbury.

What prompted yesterday's raid remains unclear. Special agent Jessica Crocker said the IRS visited both locations "in the course of our official duties."

Around 4 p.m. yesterday, IRS agents left the Moury's home carrying eight cardboard packing boxes, which they loaded into a blue Ford Econoline van. The agents, who wore blue windbreakers that said IRS-CID, also appeared to be taking photographs inside the home and in the yard.

The Moury's nine-room home is valued at $414,200, which the couple purchased for roughly the same price in 2002, according to assessment information available on the city Web site.

In Salisbury, a half-dozen IRS investigators were at Kittens at 99 Bridge Road (Route 1) earlier yesterday afternoon looking for documents, according to Salisbury police Chief David L'Esperance.

Three employees gathered at the entrance after retrieving belongings from inside the club but had no comment about the raid. The club was open for business last night.

The nightclub property sits on 4.85 acres and is currently valued at $864,900, according to assessment information on the Salisbury Web site.

The Mourys bought the former Lion's Den strip club on Route 1 in Salisbury in 2003 for $1.33 million and renamed it Kittens. Billed as a "family-run nightclub," Kevin Moury said his wife and two grown daughters were all going to work at the club.

The Mourys are also the former owners of the Sweetheart Inn in Methuen and Shannon's Place in Lawrence.

Crocker would not say whether Debra or Kevin Moury were taken into custody by IRS agents. Both Kevin Moury and his attorney, Arthur Broadhurst, declined comment.

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