Georgia (Atlanta)

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Four
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4
Michael George Thevis is one of the largest dealers in pornography in the nation. Based in Atlanta, Thevis built a major pornography organization involving the wholesale and retail distribution of pornography. He opened numerous adult movie theaters and bookstores throughout the Southeast, becoming the largest and most successful pornography distributor in that part of the United States. His operations are allegedly controlled by Star Distributing Company in New York (owner Sam DeCavalcante, Vice President Robert DiBernardo, LCN DeCavalcante).

Thevis and his corporation, Book Bin, inc., were convicted in 1971 for mailing obscene material. He began serving a three year sentence in 1975 and is eligible for parole on July 21, 1977.

While Thevis is incarcerated, his empire, which at one time consisted of over one hundred businesses, companies, and corporations, is being run by his long-time associate and confidant, Laverne Bowden. The larger corporations making up his empire are Peachtree News Company, Inc., Peachtree National Distributors, Inc.; Pendulum Books; Animatics; Global Leasing, Inc., and Fidelity Equipment Leasing Company, Inc. Melvin Friedman is presently acting as President of Peachtree News Company and other affiliated companies in Thevis' absence, but Thevis remains the real power. The Atlanta FBI office is conducting a major RICO investigation concerning Thevis, which is near the indictment stage.

Companies controlled by Thevis manufacture and distribute all phases of adult literature and films. The corporations ship merchandise to each of the 50 states as well as to between 12 and 15 foreign countries. A few of Thevis' operations in other states are as follows:

Florida Periodicals, Tampa
Large-scale distributor/wholesaler

Rivergate News Agency, New Orleans
Only distributor operating in Louisiana

Satellite News Agency, Houston
Large-scale wholesaler, local distributor

Carolina Book Distributors, Raleigh
Thevis subsidiary, distributor hard-core
Awaiting grand jury action in Raleigh

Tulsa Book Mart, Inc., Tulsa
Local distributor for Peachtree News, Inc.
Operator - Don Gasaway

This report is submitted for information purposes at this time. A review of the available information is being made for the purpose of recommending a course of action. This recommendation will include suggestions made by the attendees at the next NOCPC Pornography Subcommittee meeting.