Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Scottie Ewing, pro skier and swinger, on a slippery slope with the IRS

Scottie Ewing has had quite the career. While still a pro skier, he became an entrepreneur, starting a number of businesses that promoted partying... and prostitution. I first encountered him when he'd opened a swingers' club, the Sindicate, in a very unlikely spot -- the arts district on Navajo Street -- and was causing problems for both the landlord and neighbors.

And then there was his fight with a competing swingers' club, the Scarlet Ranch, as Jared Jacang Maher detailed in this 2006 cover story. But Ewing just kept swinging, opening the Sugar House on West Alameda. Now, though, things aren't looking so sweet for Ewing.

The feds have charged Ewing with one count of tax evasion for failing to report income "related to the operation and sale of a prostitution business" he owned in 2005 and 2006.

According to the IRS, Ewing used Sindicate Media & Consulting to "disguise from the Internal Revenue Service the true source and amount of the income he received from Denver Sugar/Denver Players."

Back in 2006, its website touted the Sindicate as "an upscale lifestyle scene that caters to young, attractive couples and single women," and boasted of a bar and dance area, as well as a "group play/voyeur area."

Voyeurs will want to watch what happens next with Ewing, who's currently out on bond.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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