Ky couple acquitted of money manipulation charges

STANTON, Ky. (AP) - The owners of a pizza shop popular with rock climbers in the Red River Gorge have been found not guilty of more than 50 charges that they manipulated bank deposits to avoid currency-reporting rules.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported ( ) that attorneys for Miguel and Susan Ventura, who run Miguel's Pizza and Climb Shop at Slade in Powell County have asked the IRS to return $300,000 seized when the charges were filed.

A federal jury returned the verdict last Friday in the case. They were charged this year.

Miguel's Pizza and Climb Shop is well-known in climbing circles around the country. The nearby Red River Gorge has some of the best sport rock climbing in the Eastern United States, with routes that attract climbers nationally and internationally.

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