At first, the rich doctor's claims seemed ludicrous. Cardiologist Dr. Zyad Younan had refused to pay the $135,000 in AmEx charges he'd racked up during three separate visits to Scores because, he claimed, he'd been drugged and had no recollection of ever setting foot inside that den of iniquity. But while this excuse may work on, well, no one, Scores refuses to let him off the hook—even though a federal investigation suggests that Kivarkis was actually telling the truth.
Earlier this month the DEA announced the arrests of four strippers and a strip club manager who 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. "Working together," the women allegedly used ketamine, Molly, and cocaine to inebriate their victims, and then transported them to Scores in Manhattan or RoadHouse in Flushing, where they'd be escorted to a private room for adult entertainment and massive credit card gouging.
Investigators initially scoffed at Kivarkis's claims, but after looking into it, they discovered that three other men had been allegedly drugged and ripped off by the blackmail ring. The victims' credit cards were charged for amounts ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, and the women were allegedly paid proportionally to what they brought in. The other victims include a hedge fund manager, a financial manager, and a real estate agent.
In light of the arrests, AmEx has agreed to forgive the $135,000 in charges on Kivarkis's card, but Scores isn't giving up so easily. "He was at the club three times,” Scores’ attorney Alison Blaine tells the Post. “He was drugged three times?" A Scores manager adds, "He was coherent until he saw the bill." Aren't we all?