Owners of Infamous Club Kalua Charged With Mortgage Fraud

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    Club Kalua in Queens.

    The mother and son owners of the strip club made infamous by the shooting of Sean Bell have been charged in a
    mortgage fraud case in Queens.

         Martina Duran and Robert Arias were due in court Tuesday to face larceny, identity theft and other charges. The pair own Club Kalua, where Bell's bachelor party ended in tragedy in 2006.
    Undercover detectives, who were investigating reports of prostitution, at the club killed the unarmed Bell and wounded two friends in a 50-shot barrage after following them outside. Three officers who claimed they believed the men had a gun were later acquitted of manslaughter.
    Prosecutors in the fraud case allege Duran and Arias were part of a $2 million scheme to use stolen identities to buy and sell three properties. The names of their lawyers were not immediately available.