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Miami Beach 'Bar Girl' Scammer Gets 12 Years in Prison
The Associated Press
A South Beach nightclub operator has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a scam that used so-called "B-Girls" to lure wealthy tourists into secret bars where they were charged exorbitant amounts on credit cards for alcohol.
A federal judge in Miami sentenced 31-year-old Albert Takhalov on Thursday. The Miami Herald reports that he was convicted in December along with two other businessmen of fleecing hundreds of thousands of dollars from dozens of male patrons by racking up bogus bills for champagne, vodka and caviar on their credit cards at seven private Miami Beach clubs.
Takhalov's attorney argued that his client should receive a sentence close to the three years given to ringleader Alec Simchuk. The admitted Russian mobster cooperated with prosecutors and testified as a government witness.
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