SoBe B-Girls Scam: Philly Weatherman Was Among Those Drugged, Ripped Off By Russian Gang

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John Bolaris, Philly weatherman, B-Girl scam victim
Remember the Eastern European B-Girls who worked for a Russian mob that allegedly set up fake nightclubs on Washington Avenue to rob single male tourists of tens of thousands of dollars? As if you could forget.

Today comes news from Philadelphia that among the dozens of victims was John Bolaris, a prominent TV weatherman. Turns out Bolaris may have brought the whole enterprise crumbling down by fighting tooth and nail the $43,000 in charges made on his card after he was drugged with roofies at the Delano.

As Bolaris tells his story to The Philadelphia Daily News, he was staying at the Fontainebleau last March when two of the defendants in the case, Marina Turcina and Anna Kilimatova, started casing him.

At the Delano, where he was eating dinner, the pair heard other diners recognize him as a weatherman and used that as their in. Bolaris ordered the women wine and moments later, he says, they struck. From The Daily News:
"We were sitting by a pool bar, and they asked if I did shots," Bolaris said. "I said no.

"One of them started rubbing me, opened my mouth, and said, 'Do [a] shot.' "

It was days before Bolaris figured out that the women had slipped him a roofie, the infamous date-rape drug.
Bolaris says the next two days are a blur. He vaguely remembers the women taking him to a "charity event" and being propped up to sign something. Then, he says, "I woke up in a taxi. My shirt was stained with red wine, and I had this huge painting of a woman's head."

Confusingly, Bolaris for some reason agreed to meet the women again the next day when they said he'd forgotten his sunglasses. They drugged him a second time, he says. When he got back to Philly, he found the $43,000 in charges to his card and was "apoplectic."

Bolaris' credit card company, American Express, refused to believe his story and said they'd received pictures of him drinking at Caviar Bar -- one of the fake clubs set up by the Russian ring. (A tactic the gang surely must have used when other victims challenged their hefty card charges.)

Only when Bolaris approached the FBI did he get anywhere. He agreed to testify to a grand jury, which likely led to the April indictment of 17 alleged members of the ring -- including Isaac Feldman, the prominent Sunny Isles realtor and would-be politician whose story we brought you last month.

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Questions: Given all that Isaac Feldman was involved in, what possessed him to run for commissioner in Sunny Isles Beach? Kind of crazy that he dared enter the race. Did anyone at City Hall encourage him to run???????????????

Nuno Bojar
Nuno Bojar

I kept waiting for the SoBe drink connection.  I'm not from here.

Michael Wind
Michael Wind

 now its time to expose the russian mob and the corrupt officials in miami beach,it is time to clean up all the corruption,in miami beach,is the russian mafia boss lives on fisher island,is the city attorney operates within the law,are others conspiring in fraud that goes on there for a long time,isaac feldman who is his boss do a forensic on his real estate deal and you will see all the russian criminals that did criminal real estate deals.....

Nemo
Nemo

so he figured out days before they slipped him a roofie that they slipped him a roofie? is he a time-traveling weatherman? sloppy sloppy, daily news, but also you guys for adding that quote.

Dee
Dee

It doesn't say he knew days before they slipped him a roofie... its saying a few days after the incident happened it took him a few days to realize he had been drugged. 

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