A crew of New York City strippers scammed wealthy men by spiking their drinks with illegal synthetic drugs and driving them to strip clubs that ran up tens of thousands of dollars on credit cards while they were too wasted to stop it, the Associated Press reports. A banker and a real estate attorney were among four victims who lost at least $200,000. Drug Enforcement Administration and New York Police Department investigators arrested four professional strippers this week on charges including grand larceny, assault and forgery.
An undercover investigation 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. 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. The clubs paid the women for the visits, but the establishments were not facing criminal charges.