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Spring Break 2010, Bolaris Gets Burned
 
  by: Rebel - Havertown, PA
started: 05/19/11 7:03 am | updated: 05/19/11 7:03 am
 
TV weather man John Bolaris' tales of Spring Break 2010 have got people talking. He hits Miami Beach for a few days, and Miami did more than hit him back. He ended up being drugged twice and falling victim to a credit card scam running up charges of $43,000! American Express demanded he pay the bill. He's since filed a civil lawsuit against them. With the FBI involved, Bolaris' testimony helped a federal grand jury last month indict 17 members of a massive wire-fraud scheme that victimized 87 out of town men who had visited South Beach bars and restaurants between February 2010 and last month.

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Two Latvian women - Marina Turcina, 24, and Anna Kilimatova, 25 - had been watching him. Bolaris ordered them wine. Sitting by a pool bar, they asked if he did shots, Bolaris said no.

It was days before Bolaris figured out that the women had slipped him a roofie, the infamous date-rape drug.

Bolaris said he remembered sharing a cab with the women, who mentioned something about visiting a friend having a charity fundraiser. Bolaris remembers someone holding him up and making him sign something. Then he woke up in a taxi, shirt stained with red wine, and he had this huge painting of a woman's head.

He tracked down the women, who said he had bid for the painting at the fundraiser. They met him at his hotel - to return his sunglasses, which they had taken by accident - and promised to straighten the whole thing out, if only Bolaris would share a cab with them to the Caviar Bar, where one of the women said she left her purse. Bolaris obliged. Then he was drugged again, according to the FBI.

The FBI said the women hunted late at night for men who wore expensive watches and shoes, and typically lured their prey to private clubs run by other members of the ring. The clubs - including the Caviar Bar - were just fronts, and were not open to the public.
 
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