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Strippers accused of drugging wealthy men, robbing them of thousands

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — A crew of New York City strippers allegedly preyed on unsuspecting men by drugging them, stealing their credit cards and running up extravagant bills at topless clubs while their wealthy victims were in a daze, authorities said.

Four women and a strip club manager are accused in a scheme to spike the men’s drinks with illegal synthetic drugs after meeting up with them at upscale bars in Manhattan and Long Island, often under the guise of a date.

“At the end of the night, some victims woke up their beds and had no knowledge of having gone to a club the night before,” the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York said in a statement Wednesday.

The alleged scheme lasted at least from Sept. 2, 2013, to Dec. 19, 2013, and targeted doctors, lawyers and a finance professional.

One of the alleged victims is a cardiologist from New Jersey who was featured in news reports as having racked up huge bills at topless bars. The doctor claimed that he never made the purchases and contended that he must have been drugged.

“We were always confident that law enforcement’s efforts would expose that my client was preyed upon by this ring and not responsible for charges to his credit card,” a lawyer for Dr. Zyad Younan told PIX11 News in a statement.

Investigators said the suspected scammers used a mix of drugs to intoxicate their victims, including the tranquilizer ketamine, molly and cocaine.

After the men slipped into a daze, they were brought to Scores New York on Manhattan’s west side or to RoadHouse Gentlemen’s Club in Queens and put in a private room, investigators said.

Documents: Read the indictment in the alleged stripper scheme

That’s when the suspects allegedly snatched the victims’ credit cards and ripped them off for tens of thousands of dollars by either forging the victim’s signature or tricking him into signing a receipt. One of the victims incurred more than $100,000 in fraudulent charges to his credit card over three nights, investigators said.

Authorities said the clubs paid the women as part the scam, but the establishments aren’t facing criminal charges.

No one picked up the phone at RoadHouse Tuesday, and a message left with Scores was not immediately returned.

Each of the four victims tried to reverse the exorbitant charges on their cards, but when they did, the suspects allegedly sent them threatening texts warning them not to contest the charges, investigators said.

Samantha Barbash, 40; Roselyn Keo, 29; Karina Pascucci, 26; and Marsi Rosen, 28, were arrested Monday and charged with multiple counts of grand larceny, assault, forgery and conspiracy, according to a criminal indictment.

A manager at RoadHouse, Carmine Vitolo, 43, was arrested Wednesday and faces conspiracy, grand larceny and tampering with evidence charges.

PIX11’s Narmeen Choudhury contributed to this report.

3 comments

    • Skeptic

      Read the story. The women befriended the men and drugged them somewhere else, then took them to the strip joints where their cards were ripped off. Even if they did go to the clubs willingly, that doesn’t give the strippers the right to drug them and steal from them. Those are powerful drugs. Ketamine is an anesthetic. I have no doubt that once those drugs were in the men’s systems, they truly had no control over anything that happened.

  • JennyJustice

    Do men really think strippers and prositutes are sweet nice women who just couldn’t find any other job? It’s fair to assume that strippers are con artists looking for any way to scam money from a man, so if a man is so stupid to think a stripper is interested in him for anything other than his money, then the man deserves what he gets. Funny, the bleeding heart liberals who loudly claim prostitution should be legalized and respected are quiet now. Stripping is just another form of prostitution and this isn’t an isolated incident. Strippers are con artists. Their clients are johns. And if a woman has no problem getting naked and doing hand jobs for money, chances are her lack of morals encompass her entire character and she’ll steal, lie and cheat in every aspect of her lives. These guys knew the women were strippers whether they were in a bar or in a strip joint. If any of these guys are married, I hope their wives found out and leave them high and dry (humping).

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