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Feds say NYC strippers drug rich men

Strippers Wealthy Men Drugged

NEW YORK (AP) - A crew of New York City strippers scammed wealthy men by spiking their drinks with illegal synthetic drugs, 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, authorities said Wednesday.

A banker and a real estate attorney were among four victims who lost at least $200,000. None was identified by name in court papers.

Drug Enforcement Administration and New York Police Department investigators arrested four women - all described as professional strippers - earlier this week on charges including grand larceny, assault and forgery, according to papers provided to The Associated Press.

One of the women was expected to appear in state court in Manhattan later Wednesday following appearances Tuesday by the other three, including suspected ringleader Samantha Barbash.

Barbash's attorney, Stephen Murphy, said Wednesday that his client denies the charges. He declined to comment further.

A strip club manager also was facing potential charges.

The roundup followed an undercover investigation that found that the women joined in a scheme to rip off the men by drugging them with the stimulant methylone, commonly known as "molly," or other drugs after arranging to meet them at upscale bars in New York and Long Island, authorities said. 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 men reported waking up in their cars or in hotel rooms with little or no memory of the encounters. Those who tried to dispute the strip club bills received texts from the strippers threatening to go public with their transgressions, authorities said.

Last month, Scores sued a cardiologist, saying he owed the club $135,303 for unpaid services. According to the lawsuit, the doctor disputed the charges by saying "he was drugged by plaintiff's employees and thus did not authorize the charges" - a claim the club says is contradicted by security video showing him freely showing up there on four separate occasions.

There was no immediate response to phone messages left Wednesday at Scores and the RoadHouse.

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petpetdon June 11 2014 at 3:58 PM

HONEST strippers would never do this.

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kolblh June 11 2014 at 4:32 PM

"Other services"? It's obvious what that means. I don't know why anyone, male or female, needs to pay for "other services". Your either very ugly or over sexed and definitely stupid. What ever happened to morals and marriage vows.

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allby65 kolblh June 11 2014 at 7:44 PM

What do you mean what happen to morals , married men with and without children and single father's get raped by their wives and the mother of their kids almost always , it's called spouse support and child support !!!

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citrus lake kolblh June 12 2014 at 2:58 AM

lap dances..

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rb June 11 2014 at 3:19 PM

Score's...Howard Stern's old hangout.

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vietnamvet1967 rb June 11 2014 at 4:43 PM

Might be, they are just plain UGLY

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ROB SYKES June 11 2014 at 3:46 PM

Damm - What a shock!!!

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vietnamvet1967 June 11 2014 at 4:43 PM

Yea Sure, The club's knew nothing about this

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meezmos June 12 2014 at 2:58 AM

Dats one ugly chick

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dthcore June 11 2014 at 5:41 PM

Wow these guys need to accept responsibility for their shady actions. Everyone is so quick to blame the strippers and club employees. Why am I the only person who thinks d-bags get what they deserve?

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rfmlaw43 June 11 2014 at 4:29 PM

wouldn't it be great if men boycotted these places altogether.

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citrus lake rfmlaw43 June 12 2014 at 3:04 AM

why would that be great .

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mcris110 June 11 2014 at 4:11 PM

The men who go to these places are being duped. It's all about how much money the strippers could get out of the men. The men are just the morons looking on and being played.

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citrus lake mcris110 June 12 2014 at 3:03 AM

Grown men with big cash are either lottery winners, NOT REALLY to many of those ,
Most are intelligent business men or professionals that know exactly what there doing .there spending there money how they choose ........

morons getting played ......comments from broke i cant afford ,haters.

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timmhoe June 12 2014 at 3:40 AM

Let me see if I have this right ........ the guy is getting
drugs, he's getting a hot stripper for lap dances and
perhaps other services and he ends up with a huge
bill from AMEX or some other large thieving institution
that probably won't get paid. Who's complaining ?


On a more serious note ........ if one of them threatened
me with "going public" I'd have them served with legal papers
before they even made it to their car. They'd be answering
depositions and interrogatories long after their death. Hope
they have grandchildren who can continue the case.

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