The Drug Enforcement Administration working in tandem with investigators from the New York Police Department arrested four professional female strippers working out of New York City earlier this week and accused the ladies of drugging their male victims and “then driving them to strip clubs that ran up tens of thousands of dollars on their credit cards while they were too wasted to stop it.” The DEA announced the arrests on June 11, according to ABC News.
Although none of the victims were identified by name, court papers state that two wealthy victims, a banker and a real estate attorney, lost about $200,000 to the strippers’ alleged scam. The charges levied against the four strippers include grand larceny, assault and forgery.
Three of the suspects, including Samantha Barbash, appeared in a New York City courtroom yesterday to face charges. Barbash is being described by officials as the strippers’ ringleader. Although he refused to comment further, Barbash’s lawyer said today that Barbash said that she is not guilty of any the charges. Another of the suspects was scheduled to appear in court today.
A strip club manager also was facing potential charges.
Newsday shared that the DEA and NYPD have been working undercover on this case ever since first hearing that several women banded together in an effort to get their rich victims stoned on illicit drugs including “molly,” and then hooking up with them at upscale New York City clubs. Once their victims were thoroughly intoxicated, the ripping off began in earnest.
The impaired victims were driven to Scores in Manhattan and the RoadHouse in Queens, where they were charged for private rooms, expensive meals, drinks and other services, they said.
The clubs paid the women for the visits, but the establishments were not facing criminal charges, authorities said.
The victims told investigators that after their encounters with the strippers, they woke up in their cars or hotel rooms the following day with no memory of what went down the night before. When the victims refused or tried to dispute the outrageous credit card bills from the strip clubs, they said the strippers texted them saying that if they didn't pay up, they threatened “to go public with their transgressions.”
"The defendants were banking on the victims being too afraid to contact the police, but as the indictment and arrests show, they made a serious miscalculation," Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan said.
One of those upscale strip clubs, Scores, filed a lawsuit against a cardiologist in May claiming that the doctor “owed the club $135,303 for unpaid services.” The doctor said that he wasn't responsible for those charges because “he was drugged by plaintiff's employees and thus did not authorize the charges," according to the lawsuit. Scores countered with video evidence of the doctor “freely showing up” at the club on four previous visits.
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