UPDATE: Feds File New Statement About Casper Businessman Sonny Pilcher; Criminal Charges Still Are Undisclosed
Casper businessman Sonny Pilcher will appear in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne next week on an as-yet undisclosed criminal charge or charges, according to court documents.
Pilcher, owner of a strip club and a sports bar among other enterprises, has reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, according to the federal court docket report.
But the docket report is keeping the nature of this plea agreement and the few other related records under wraps as "non-public documents," according to the Judicial Conference Policy on Privacy and Public Access.
Tuesday, the newest document entitled, "elements of the crime and prosecutor's statement," was filed and it, too, was non-public according to the Judicial Conference Policy.
Whether details of the agreement and the charge or charges will be made public at Pilcher's initial appearance and arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kelly Rankin at 10 a.m. Monday are not known, either.
Ignacio Perez De La Cruz a lead attorney for the case with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., declined to comment in response to an email request.
The case is being prosecuted from the Washington, D.C., office of the department's Tax Division. No Wyoming federal prosecutors appear to be involved with it, said John Powell, spokesman for the Wyoming U.S. Attorney's office.
Pilcher did not return a call. His attorney, John Kuker of Cheyenne, did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Pilcher has been involved with a number of businesses in Casper including a construction company, the nightclub formerly known as Sidelines, then The Stampede, and now Elevation on Wilkins Circle. He also owns Racks Gentlemen's Club east of the Casper/Natrona County International Airport.
He also has had state district court judgments rendered against him by businesses seeking payment. Earlier this year, Bar-D Sign on East Yellowstone Highway used its own electronic sign to tell the public Pilcher owed it more than $9,300.