It was almost a classic Robin Hood story. Except instead of Robin Hood doing the robbing, it was four strippers and a strip club manager. Instead of giving to the poor, they just spent the stolen cash on themselves. Plus, there was some blackmail involved. But they were robbing rich people, including a hedge fund manager, a financial manager, a real estate agent and a well-known heart doctor.
The scheme started with each of the four women - Samantha Barbash, Roselyn Keo, Karina Pascucci and Marsi Rosen - finding men in bars and arranging a date, then drugging them and making unauthorized charges on their credit cards. According to court documents obtained by The New York Post, the women took victims to private rooms in New York City strip clubs and drugged the victims with ketamine, molly and cocaine.
The suspects then took photos of the men in compromising positions, to blackmail them into staying quiet.
“This repugnant scheme involved not only the theft of $200,000, but compromised the health, safety and security of victims by covertly giving them harmful substances,” said Bridget G. Brennan in a statement. “The defendants were banking on the victims being too afraid to contact the police, but as the indictment and arrests show, they made a serious miscalculation.”
The DEA, NYPD and the Westchester County Police Department rounded up the suspects on Tuesday; the four strippers have since been charged with conspiracy, grand larceny, assault, and forgery.
Here's a report from ABC News:
Alexandra DiPalma is a producer for Fusion Lightworks, Fusion’s In-house Branded Content Agency.