5. Sovereign News Company

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
4
Reuben Sturman, Joe Zernic, Al Bloom, Steve Martin Assid, Cleveland, Ohio.

In October 1978, the agents met with Joe Zernic in the lobby of the Olympic Hotel in Seattle Washington, at one of the semi-annual pornography conventions discussed earlier. Zernic said he had heard rumors about the agents being cops. Zernic said he had tried to contact the person who had introduced the agents to him without success. On January 5, 1980, the agents met with Reuben Sturman, owner of Sovereign News Company, Cleveland, Ohio. They discussed past dealings the agents had with Sovereign News. The agents mentioned they had previously dealt with Joe Zernic and had purchased eight millimeter film and magazines from him. Sturman said that Zernic was one of his key employees.

Sturman has since been indicted on other charges relating to tax evasion.