The owner of the Mustang Ranch is snapping his suspenders after the completion of a full financial work up. The probe by the Storey County Sheriff came out squeaky clean on owner Lance Gilman, indicating a clean bill of financial health.
The Sheriff's wink of approval was presented to the Storey County Commission and extends Gilman's brothel license from the "Mustang" brothel to the "Wild Horse" brothel building. It is also an important campaign move in his first effort trying his hand at politics on the county commission.
The probe into Gilman was handled by Sergeant Melanie Keener of the Sheriff’s office with the assistance of Reno independent CPA firm Muckel Anderson.
A letter to the commission from the Sheriff said the probe was a “thorough investigation” of Gilman's finances, and “nothing was discovered that caused concern or question regarding the applicants’ suitability to hold the expanded license.”
The letter also said that “All references and associates held Mr. Gilman and Ms. Austin in high regard.”
Lance Gilman released a prepared statement saying, “We really respect the fact the Sheriff Antinoro performed a professional, complete investigation. We are grateful to be able to move forward with our expanded license."
He said the brothels employ 40 staff and up to 80 independent contractors. But he didn't specify how many are engaged in the world's oldest profession.
He is also holding the clean bill of health as a campaign tool. "We are privileged and pleased to be able to continue to contribute to the economic growth of Storey County.”"
Gilman is running for Storey County Commissioner and said that he hopes the report provides "a level of confidence in the minds of Storey County citizens that I run my businesses with honor and integrity, and with financial responsibility.”
Gilman says he will drop daily management of the brothels in his campaign. “While I will not in the future have day-to-day involvement in the brothel, this is an important milestone. I hope to focus my efforts in the upcoming campaign to demonstrate my plans to Storey County voters for growing economic prosperity and jobs in Storey County.”
He listed his address as 5 Wild Horse Canyon Drive, which is a house behind the brothel. But he is much more than just a guy who lives behind a relatively ritzy cat house.
He is also the sales and marketing director for Storey county’s 107,000-acre Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. The center bills itself as “the largest industrial center in the world” and it is the biggest economic engine in the county where he is trying to win the seat. There is one other candidate for the seat, but Gilman is clearly a power player in the race.