Four strippers and a strip club manager are accused of drugging wealthy men, racking up massive expenses on their credit cards, and then blackmailing them when they attempted to dispute the charges.
According to a release from the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, the gang stole around $200,000 from four victims over the last four months of 2013, but it is believed that their scam has existed since 2011. The release states that the four victims "included professionals in medicine, finance and the law" (the Post reports that they are a hedge fund manager, a financial manager, a doctor and a real estate agent).
These highly educated, well-compensated members of the ruling class allegedly met the strippers on dates, or they were singled out as marks by the women who were trolling bars.
"Working together," the women allegedly used ketamine, Molly, and cocaine (or sometimes a mixture) to inebriate their victims, and transported them to Scores in Manhattan or RoadHouse in Flushing.
In the dry language of the law, "Inside the club, the victims were taken to a private room for adult entertainment."
Afterwards, the victims' credit cards were charged for amounts ranging from $5,000 to $50,000—one of the men had their card charged for more than $100,000 over a period of three nights. The women were paid proportionally to what they brought in.
Sources told the Post that the women lured the men to hotel rooms and "snapped photos of the victims or filmed them in compromising sexual positions with women and men." When the men woke up the next day they had little memory of what had happened, and when they attempted to dispute the charges, they received texts from the strippers threatening to expose the details of the evening.
Samantha Barbash, 40, is described in reports as the "ringleader." She is being charged with conspiracy, grand larceny, assault, and forgery. Roselyn Keo, 29; Karina Pasucci, 24; and Mari Rosen, 28, were also arrested as part of the ring.
Carmine Vitolo, 43, (hopefully to be played by Michael Madsen in the 2018 Vince Vaughn-directed Fool's Gold), a manager at RoadHouse, is also charged with conspiracy, grand larceny, and tampering with physical evidence. The women allegedly conferred with Vitolo over how much to charge their victims.
The arrests were the result of an undercover operation coordinated by the DEA, the NYPD, and the Westchester Police Department.