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Feds: NYC strippers drugged rich men, rang up $200K in charges

A crew of New York City strippers has been charged for an alleged plot where they would find wealthy men at upscale bars in Manhattan and on Long Island, drug them and then bring them to strip clubs to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Samantha Barbash, 40, (center) was allegedly the ringleader of a crew of New York City strippers who scammed wealthy men, authorities say.
Photo Credit: US Drug Enforcement Administration

Four adult entertainers and the manager of a Queens strip club were booked on conspiracy, larceny, assault and forgery charges. The women – Samantha Barbash, 40, of Little Neck, Queens; Roselyn Keo, 29, of Nanuet; Karina Pascucci, 26, of Metuchen, NJ; Marsi Rosen, 28, of Bayside – were charged along with Carmine Vitolo, 43, of Pomona, NY, who prosecutors say was the manager of the RoadHouse NYC Gentleman’s Club in Flushing, Queens. Three of the suspects appeared in court Tuesday; two were awaiting arraignment Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors said the women would troll upscale bars and restaurants with their sights set on wealthy men – doctors, lawyers and financial executives. Once they found a mark, they would arrange a “date” at a restaurant or club and then drug the men, according to prosecutors. “Working together, the defendants used drugs or a mixture of drugs to intoxicate the victims, including ketamine (a tranquilizer), metylone (commonly sold “molly”), and cocaine,” a news release said.

According to authorities, each victim was taken to a strip club – either the RoadHouse NYC Gentlemen’s Club in Flushing, Queens, or the Scores bar on West 28th Street in Manhattan. At the clubs, the women would swipe the victim’s credit card and would either forge a signature or have the men sign a check they believed was significantly less than the actual charge, officials said. Authorities allege the crew stole more than $200,000 from four men between September and December 2013.

Investigators believe a combination of different drugs caused the victims to suffer memory loss. They say the victims learned of the charges after checking their credit card statements or receiving calls from their credit card companies. “At the end of the night, some victims woke up in their beds and had no knowledge of having gone to a club the night before.”