By Mike Nolan Daily Southtown
Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau ruled Monday that the liquor license for Riviera Country Club and Sports Center is revoked after the business did not contest the move.
Dan O’Donnell, Riviera’s president, did not attend the liquor license hearing and in a letter to the village said he had no defense to make.
O’Donnell is the legal owner of the property but at some point, village officials said, brought in new management, which included Jenni Anglin.
Her husband, Lee Anglin, was arrested at the property July 28 by Orland Park police and the U.S. Marshals Service on a warrant issued by a federal judge for a parole violation.
Evidence presented indicated Lee Anglin was living in the banquet space of Riviera, with clothing and personal items found by village investigators.
The business was ordered closed by the village Thursday for alleged code violations, but it was not clear whether it would reopen.
Riviera had been closed for a number of months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reopened in mid-June.
Pekau said following the hearing O’Donnell plans to put the property up for sale.
People who had signed memberships for the health center, signed contracts to hold events and employees attended the hearing.
Pekau told them the village “cannot do much for your civil situation” as far as trying to get refunds. One man who said he and his wife planned to hold their wedding reception and had agreed to pay $9,000 have been calling the business but there is no answer.
The mayor encouraged those who signed up for memberships or who signed event contracts file reports with Orland Park police.
O’Donnell is still the legal owner of the business and his name is on the liquor license, Pekau said.
At the end of May, Riviera said it was selling the business to O.P Sports Center LLC, which is affiliated with Utah-based 96 Point Capital Investments, of which Jenni Anglin is managing partner.
The village said it had not been given any prior notice of a sale or transfer of ownership of the property, and officials said they did not know if any actual sale transpired.
Members who used Riviera’s fitness facilities such as the pool will, at some point, be allowed to retrieve personal items from lockers, according to the village.
Judy Thompson said she had worked at Riviera for more than two years, then came back in mid-June before the reopening.
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She said that neither Jenni nor her husband ever left the banquet portion of the business, but she did not know for certain whether Jenni Anglin was also living there. She said the Anglins said they planned major investments in the business.
“I was given all these promises,” Thompson said.
Based on that, she said she encouraged friends to sign up for memberships, and now feels guilty. Thompson said she had two paychecks bounce.
“I was promised a certain amount but what I’m really owed I don’t know,” she said, noting the paycheck stubs show nothing about withholdings for things such as income tax.
Pekau said that people who are owed money or services can try to pursue civil cases along with filing police reports.
“Obviously everyone in the village, including me, is angry by the defrauding of the village,” he said. “It’s extremely unfortunate and it angers all of us.”
Original article: chicagotribune.com