Two strippers in New York City pleaded guilty to grand larceny, assault and conspiracy in a drugging scam that the pair performed on clients. After pleading guilty, the two will only have to spend their weekend days in jail for the next four months.
Karina Pascucci, 27, and Marsi Rosen, 29, admitted they had drugged several clients and stolen a total of $200,000, Inquisitr reports. The women also admitted to being part of a larger group of strippers who would search for wealthy clients at bars, spike their drinks with MDMA, and then take the men to the strip clubs where they worked to scam them out of money. They were sentenced Jan. 8.
Inquisitr reports that Pascucci and Rosen named 41-year-old Samantha Barbash as the mastermind behind the scam. They said Barbash had strong-armed the younger girls to participate in the scam.
"[Barbash is a person] that preys on the vulnerable or someone that’s more impressionable," Pascucci said.
Barbash and 31-year-old Roselyn Keo also pleaded guilty for their part in the scam, but have not yet been sentenced.
Keo described the scam in a lengthy interview with New York Magazine, and told the magazine that clients with poor manners were particularly at risk, New York Daily News reports. Keo clarifies:
“Because of the amount of stress we had to endure, we’re just like, ‘You know what, these people are f------ p------ me off. Just for that, I’m going to max out his credit card, like a penalty. You’re going to be left with a zero balance. Zero credit line. Just for being annoying.’ We needed to make it worth it."
No sex and little actual dancing was involved in the operation. Instead, the clients would typically just stand around in a drug-induced haze while the strippers spent their money.
Keo added: "It sounds so bad to say that we were, like, drugging people. But it was, like, normal."