Two South Beach 'B-Girls' to Plead Guilty

Pair among 17 charged with fleecing tourists at pricey clubs

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011  |  Updated 10:59 AM EDT
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Two South Beach 'B-Girls' to Plead Guilty

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Two Eastern European women employed as so-called "B-Girls" in an alleged scam to fleece male tourists in South Beach are set to plead guilty to federal fraud charges.

The women were among 17 people charged last month in the scheme. Prosecutors say the women would lure tourists to shady Miami Beach clubs where exorbitant alcohol prices were charged to their credit cards, sometimes without the men's knowledge.

At least 88 men lost hundreds of thousands of dollars combined. Authorities say such scams give the South Florida tourism industry a black eye.

Set to plead guilty Wednesday are 24-year-old Anastassia Mikrukova of Estonia and 23-year-old Agnese Rudaka of Latvia. They face a number of fraud and conspiracy charges that each carry potential sentences of at least five years.

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