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Employees Indicted Pornography Businesses Also Charged

August 06, 1992by KRISTIN CASLER, The Morning Call Morning Call reporters Tim Reeves and Dick Cowen contributed to this story.Philip Krasner and four employees of his Allentown based, multimillion dollar pornography empire have been indicted on federal charges of money laundering and mailing obscene videos and magazines.The indictments end a 3 1/2 year investigation that began as a routine state police examination of adult bookstores and ended in searches of financial records and undercover purchases of sexually explicit material, officials said in Harrisburg yesterday when the July 23 indictment was unsealed.State and federal agents in January raided Krasner’s warehouses at 754 Roble Road, Hanover Township, and 128 132 N. 8th St., Allentown. They seized financial records and loads of magazines and videos.Indicted were Krasner, 39, of Bottom Road, North Whitehall Township; his business manager and employee supervisor, William Lozo, 38, of Dallas, Luzerne County; Stephen Lynch, 24, of 5816 37 S. Krocks Road, Wescosville, manager of Krasner’s Roble Road warehouse; Puritan International magazine editor Stanley Bernstein of New York City; and Jeffrey Chudyk, 32, of 1452 Sculac Drive, Bethlehem, art director for Puritan.Four of Krasner’s corporations, Index Publishing, Pure Images, Stage III and Graphics Distributors were also indicted. Magistrate Judge Arnold Rapoport in Allentown released Krasner, who returned from an Alaskan salmon fishing trip yesterday, after he posted 10 percent of $100,000 bail. All of the other defendants except Bernstein, who had not been apprehended as of last night, were released on $25,000 recognizance bail. District Judge William Nealon in Scranton.The federal government seeks to forfeit $5 million it says Krasner received in salary and profits from the pornography business. It also seeks Krasner’s other currency, furniture, belongings and interest in his corporations and $1 million from each of the four corporations named in the indictment. According to the indictment, Krasner was paid $1.66 million in wages between 1987 and 1991, when he received $442,000. Attorney James West of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, where the case will be prosecuted.West said Puritan magazine was manufactured in Allentown with pictures imported from overseas. The magazines and videos by the thousands were mailed to individuals and in bulk to book stores from the Roble Road warehouse.Michael Brunnabend, Krasner’s attorney, said he knows of no government action at this point to halt the business operations. postal inspector in Harrisburg.The magazines do not involve child pornography or bestiality but depict "full complete disclosure of adult sex group sex, cunnilingus and fellatio," West said. "It’s representative of the hardest core material that is available."Brunnabend, disagreed. "In the scheme of things," he said, "it is not anywhere near the worst of the bunch, and if that’s what the government’s going after, well, we’ll see."The case is being prosecuted in the middle district, which includes Harrisburg and Scranton, because the offending material was shipped to investigators at bogus addresses in that district. It just so happens that the middle district aggressively pursues pornography cases and juries there have set a very stringent "community standard," the standard by which obscenity is defined, West said."No one can define what is and isn’t obscene," Brunnabend said. "It puts anyone who wants involvement with that industry in a real bind."West conceded that publishers of sexually explicit material have no firm guidelines of what is illegal and what is not. There is a certain amount of risk to it, he said."If you stay away from it, you forfeit your right to set a community standard," West said.Zoe Buhosky, vice president of Lehigh County Citizens for Decency Through Law, said she was elated with the indictments. Enforcement of such laws is the group’s goal, and she said she has been aware of the investigation."I have a great deal of personal satisfaction from this," she said.According to the indictment, Krasner used at least nine different corporations between January 1989 and February to create a complex business structure that would be difficult to investigate."Krasner used all of the defendant corporations as his alter ego, in that he dominated the operation of the corporation and used it to conduct his personal obscenity enterprise," the indictment says.

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