UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — State and local authorities say criminal charges have been filed against seven nightclubs in Prince George’s County.

The nightclubs are accused of violating various state tax, alcohol and licensing regulations. Maryland state officials say the clubs failed to pay the state about $700,000 in taxes. The offenses also include selling alcohol without the required licenses.

State comptroller Peter Franchot, county Police Chief Mark Magaw and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks were among the officials who announced the indictments on Tuesday.

Alsobrooks says she’s encountering too many nightclubs that aren’t paying the required taxes and fees. She says businesses that ignore the law will be prosecuted.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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