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Strip Club Scammers Drugged Men, Ran Up Credit Cards, Police Say

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Local and federal authorities on Wednesday announced a major bust in a strip club scam they say targeted wealthy men.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the scam, which local and federal investigators say ran between September and December of last year in clubs such as Scores in Manhattan.

Officials say the four women involved - all professional strippers - targeted four men, running up massive tabs on their credit cards worth around $200,000.

The women allegedly met the men in nightclubs, spiked their drinks with drugs including cocaine and ecstasy, and drove them to other clubs in Chelsea and in Queens.

Once there, they charged them for private rooms and expensive food without their knowledge.

The suspects face a slew of charges, including assault, grand larceny and conspiracy.

Three were arraigned Tuesday while the other two were expected in court Wednesday.

Among those arrested was Carmine Vitolo, the manager of the RoadHouse NYC Gentlemen's Club in Queens.

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