Politics & Government

Sex toys to be auctioned to pay business' delinquent Kansas taxes

Kansas tax revenues could get a boost with the sale of sex toys.

Thousands of adult novelty items, from lingerie to handcuffs, are for sale in an online auction as a result of a failure of a chain of erotic stores to pay state sales, income and withholding taxes.

The items – all new and in the original packaging – will be available for inspection Monday at a warehouse in Kansas City’s West Bottoms historic district.

The merchandise was seized in July by the Department of Revenue from five adult stores in Kansas City, Kan.; Topeka; Wichita and Junction City. The owner, United Outlets LLC, doing business as Bang, owes the state $163,986.

Kansas Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley pounced on the news of the auction Wednesday, accusing Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of selling pornography to balance the state budget.

“Brownback is so desperate to fill the massive hole in the state budget caused by his reckless income tax cuts that the state of Kansas is now in the porn business,” Hensley said in a news release.

Jeannine Koranda, spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue, noted that the state is not selling the adult items.

“The property was released back to the owner, who then contracted with the auction company to sell the items and then that money will be used to pay the taxes,” Koranda said.

She said the state does not seize assets unless all other collection attempts are unsuccessful. Other than the adult nature of this business, she said, there is nothing unusual about this action.

The owner of United Outlets LLC, Larry H. Minkoff, could not be reached Wednesday for comment. The state said the business was closed.

The inventory is being offered at Equip-Bid.com Lots include a “fantasy love swing” in black and a 16-foot “Japanese silk love rope” in purple.

The items will be displayed 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday at 1501 W. 12th St. Online bidding ends Tuesday evening.

Reach Matt Campbell at 816-234-4902 or mcampbell@kcstar.com.