A NYC stripper crime ring in is responsible for several wealthy men losing their money.
The Associated Press reports, via The Wall Street Journal, that a group of strippers drugged rich men by spiking their drinks with synthetic drugs like ketamine, methylone, “Molly,” and other strong drugs before driving them to a strip club. The women charged tens of thousands of dollars on their credit cards while the men were too addled to control the situation.
New York Daily News reports that Samantha Barbash, 40, Roselyn Keo, 29, Marsi Rosen, 28, and Karina Pascucci, 26, are named in the crime ring.
The women would meet the men outside work and “slip” them a synthetic drug before driving them private rooms at Scores or Roadhouse in Queens. When the men were wasted, the strippers would steal their credit cards and charge a lot of money on them, prosecutors say.
Wall Street Journal reveals in its report that $200,000 total was charged on five men’s credit cards. It’s known that one man is a lawyer and the other is a doctor. At the time, neither had recollections of what occurred the previous night until they reviewed their credit card statements — or received alerts from credit card companies.
Daily News says a source identified the doctor as Zyad Younan, cardiologist practicing at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Scores filed a suit against 41-year-old doctor for owing $135,303 in charges from 2013. He visited the strip club frequently. Although Younan claims he never charged those expenses on his credit card, a “club source” says he was partying with “five girls at a time.”
Younan is the “scammers’ biggest victim,” a separate source says. The strippers drugged three other men for a total of $55,000.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan says the “repugnant” scheme “involved not only the theft of $200,000, but compromised the health, safety and security of victims by covertly giving them harmful substances,” Daily News reports.
The women benefited ripping off the men by getting a “cut” of the money the victims spent at the strip clubs.
Barbash is the the alleged leader in the stripper crime ring (her photo is above). The indictment reveals that she “would forge the victims’ signatures on credit card receipts and other documents.”
The Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office says:
“The defendants determined the available credit and discussed amongst themselves how much to charge on the cards.”
Victims would wake up in cars, hotel rooms, and other places with no memory of what happened the night before. If they disputed credit card charges, they were sent threatening texts and photos of them partying with the women. Prosecutors say the strippers were counting on the men keeping quite in the scam.
The four strippers are charged with grand larceny, conspiracy, and forgery.
The stripper crime ring is being further investigated. There’s suspicion that strippers have possibly drugged other rich men, and this could date as far back as 2011 for one of the defendants.
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