The San Francisco Police Department confirms more than 20 reports have been taken from different customers alleging their cards were swiped at strip clubs for thousands of dollars without their approval.
Six of the claims are detailed in an affidavit from 2015, in support of a search warrant seeking the strip club's financial records. The police have indicated that more than a dozen reports have been filed for the theft of thousands of dollars by North Beach adult entertainment hotspots. Despite the number of claimants, the clubs deny all allegations and asserts that these claims have to do with nothing other than buyer's remorse.
Documents filed in court indicate criminal probes are underway against four clubs linked with one Seattle based entertainment company, Déjà Vu. The four clubs in question are: Garden of Eden, New Century Theater, Roaring 20's & Little Darlings.
Police indicate they are taking this matter seriously, and are urging club patrons to be cautious while frequenting similar establishments. Considering the number of incidents reported, few believe that authorities will have a difficult time proving these cases in court. “Don't go in, just don't go there,” said one of the alleged victims, who asked he only be identified by his first name, Steve. “It's a very pleasing and alluring front, but you don't know what's going to happen to you once you go in there.”
In December 2014, the most surprising incident occurred when a man went to the Garden of Eden in San Francisco and was charged $ 90,000. The victim expected what should have been a $1,600 tab. He exclaimed to police that he had already been drinking when he was offered alcohol at the club, resulting in him passing out soon after. The warrant states that soon after the $1,600 swipe, his card was charged 4 more times within the next few hours; with the first charge at $9,550, the second at $11,500, third at $23,500, totalling a whopping $90,000 altogether.
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Seth Chazin provides criminal defense for cases related to white collar crimes, fraud, embezzlement, and more in the San Francisco Bay Area.