Tareq and Michaele Salahi are famed in capital-area circles for their fun-loving spirit, their glamorous lifestyle, and for ripping people off, interviews with law enforcement officials and some of the pair's many creditors reveal. Court records show that in case after case, the Salahis hired people or companies to chauffeur them or put on events and left them stuck with the bill, the Washington Post reports in a lengthy investigation.
The parties seeking payment from the Salahis include banks, legal firms, hairstylists, dress designers, caterers—and the Washington Post, which is owed $24,000 for advertising. With all the lawsuits piling up against them, "you'd think they would be staying out of sight, but that is not what they do," one sheriff says. "I am sure a lot of people weren't surprised when people saw their picture that night they went to the White House."