LAS VEGAS — A man who says he was drugged — then robbed — at a local strip club is speaking exclusively to the 8 News NOW I-Team.
Las Vegas police raided the club in June. Detectives were looking for evidence that dancers spiked customers’ drinks and then added bogus charges to their credit cards.
There’s at least one man in Las Vegas who wants Club Paradise to remain closed. The alleged victim says he’s missing five hours of his life and $40,000 of his money. What happened to him may have prompted the police investigation which now lists at least six other alleged victims.
“I feel like this organization must be run by gangsters for that to happen to me,” said Jeff Yeagley, the alleged victim.
Yeagley is a local broadcast television engineer. He still has trouble believing what happened to him at Club Paradise. In January, he went there to meet some friends and have a beer.
“They actually put something in my drink that knocked me out and I was totally incapacitated for hours,” Yeagley said. “And they took every single credit card in my wallet and charged it up.”
The total charges on all his credit cards came to $40,000, Yeagley said. However, not all of his credit card companies see it his way.
“Half my credit cards companies accepted that it was fraud but the other half said I have to pay, which makes no sense to me. Forty thousand dollars at a club? What did I do, buy a boat?”
Yeagley, who is a former civilian employee of Metro, called police and made a report. That report apparently prompted the probe that led detectives to shut the topless lounge down in June when they served search warrants. Among other things, the search warrants indicate investigators were looking for evidence of credit card fraud and date rape drugs. Drugs like GHB, ecstasy and Rohypnol which are commonly slipped into drinks to incapacitate a person.
“We were told from day one, when I had a meeting with the captain, the lieutenant, the sergeant and the detective, that the Club Paradise and it’s owners, are not targets of this investigation,” said Dominic Gentile, the attorney for Club Paradise.
Lawyers for the club have argued that the Metro investigation is focused on a handful of rogue workers who are no longer employed by the club. Some of them quit about the same time tens of thousands of dollars went missing from a safe in the nightspot.
The club has been working with Metro to reopen. The club says its business systems won’t run without software contained in computers seized by police during the raid.
Yeagley has little sympathy for the owners.
“If you’re the owner of a business, you have a responsibility to make sure your employees are behaving appropriately.”
He says he’s missing more than just money.
“Five hours went by and I have no recollection of what happened, other than two guys were trying to stuff me into a black SUV.”
Yeagley regained his senses about that time and somehow got away and got himself back home.
“It just astounds me that I come from the greatest country in the world and that I can actually be shaken down like I’m in a third world country in my own town. That to me is inexcusable,” Yeagley said.
The club remains closed, as the owners and managers work with Metro to get the business systems back online. Lawyers for the club say the owners and management are cooperating with Metro and the club considers itself a victim of the credit card scam.
Yeagley says he continues to pay the price for this incident. He says his credit rating is essentially shot thanks to the bogus charges that were rung up.