Doctor sues Scores strip club over credit card scheme - FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com

Doctor sues Scores strip club over credit card scheme

Posted: Updated:

By MICHAEL R. SISAK | AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- The three evenings started innocently enough: The cardiologist says he and a woman who introduced herself as a nursing student went to dinner and, on one occasion, a concert at Madison Square Garden.

They ended, he says, in a drug-induced blur.

Dr. Zyad Younan alleges his companion, Karina Pascucci, and three other women drugged him into a semi-conscious state and charged more than $135,000 to his credit card at the behest of the well-known New York City strip club Scores.

Younan sued Scores and the women Wednesday, countering a lawsuit the strip club filed against him in May after he challenged the charges late last year as fraudulent. He claims he has no memory of being at the club and never authorized the charges.

The Holmdel, New Jersey, resident wants Scores' lawsuit against him tossed and he wants the club and women to cover unspecified damages, court costs and attorney fees.

It's the latest legal chapter in a tawdry tale that made national headlines in June when New York prosecutors indicted the women and a club manager on grand larceny, assault, forgery and other charges.

The five were also accused of targeting a banker, a hedge fund executive and a real estate attorney in a credit card scam during the last four months of 2013.

All told, prosecutors say, they racked up charges worth about $200,000.

A woman who answered the phone at Scores on Wednesday said the club had no comment. Lawyers for Pascucci and two other women could not immediately be reached.

Pascucci's lawyer, Patrick Parrotta, said after her arrest that she was a college student with no criminal record who worked as a waitress at Scores in Manhattan but never stripped there.

Helen Wu, a lawyer for defendant Marsi Rosen, said Wednesday: "This alleged victim has a case of buyer's remorse and my client is innocent."

Younan alleges in his lawsuit that Scores participated in the scheme -- "the club handles the money," he says Pascucci texted him two days after their last encounter -- and that it pressured the women to coerce him into paying up with a barrage of messages and calls.

"I don't need to speak with swindlers," Younan says in one reply to the collection calls, according to the lawsuit. To Pascucci, he says he wrote: "You are a manipulative, conniving thief. Please do not call me."

The 41-year-old Younan says in the lawsuit that the collection calls turned into public disparagement. Scores representatives, he says, told New York media in April that he had an "insatiable" appetite for the club and was "coherent until he saw the bill."

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win'

    Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win'

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:02 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:02:35 GMT
    Public Advocate Letitia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
    Public Advocate Letitia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
  • Pediatric cancer awareness

    World Trade Center to go gold

    World Trade Center to go gold

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:48 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:48:12 GMT
    Like so many teenagers, Shelby Huff was hung up on getting abs until one day two years ago when she realized looking good was not as important as feeling good. She was doing sit-ups when suddenly she developed huge bruises on her legs. Shelby was diagnosed with a deadly bone marrow disease.
    Like so many teenagers, Shelby Huff was hung up on getting abs until one day two years ago when she realized looking good was not as important as feeling good. She was doing sit-ups when suddenly she developed huge bruises on her legs. Shelby was diagnosed with a deadly bone marrow disease.
  • Manhattan fire hydrant earns more money than average American

    Manhattan fire hydrant earns more money than average American

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:18:03 GMT
    One Manhattan fire hydrant has turned into a cash cow for the city.It's become a celebrity in revenue generator and it does not ask for sick days, gets no health benefits, and no 401(k). Yet it brings in tens of thousands of dollars for the city each year.The old hydrant is so notorious, it's got a personalized sign.. It sits across from 152 Forsyth St. and is a local legend.In just an eight month period the hydrant has caused drivers to get hundreds of tickets.The issue that catches drivers ...
    One Manhattan fire hydrant has turned into a cash cow for the city.It's become a celebrity in revenue generator and it does not ask for sick days, gets no health benefits, and no 401(k). Yet it brings in tens of thousands of dollars for the city each year.The old hydrant is so notorious, it's got a personalized sign.. It sits across from 152 Forsyth St. and is a local legend.In just an eight month period the hydrant has caused drivers to get hundreds of tickets.The issue that catches drivers ...
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices