Samantha Barbash, centre, is escorted by law enforcement officers following her arrest in New York. Barbash is allegedly part of a crew of New York City strippers who scammed wealthy men. Picture: DEA

New York -

Authorities say a crew of New York City strippers scammed wealthy men by drugging them and running up extravagant bills at topless clubs while they were in a daze.

Four women are accused in a scheme to spike the men's drinks with illegal synthetic drugs after meeting them at bars in Manhattan and Long Island. Authorities say the drugged victims were then taken to strip clubs, where tens of thousands of dollars were charged on their credit cards.

Authorities say the clubs paid the women as part the scam. But the establishments aren't facing criminal charges.

Police and federal agents arrested the women earlier this week. One was expected to make an initial court appearance later Wednesday. - Sapa-AP