Florida Man Denies Spending $50K at Strip Club

Lokesh James claims charges were fraudulent
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2012 5:24 PM CDT
Florida Man Denies Spending $50K at Strip Club
Police say a Florida man spent $50,000 in six hours at a strip club.   (Shutterstock)

Fifty thousand bucks—on strippers? No way, says an outraged Florida man. Lokesh James insists he spent only $600 on Michelob Ultras and a little fun in the Champagne Room at the local strip club. The rest of his staggering $50,000 credit-card bill? All fraudulent charges and forged signatures, he says. But Bank of America doesn't believe him, and neither do police. According to club staff, James ordered a "Diamond VIP Room" with at least six strippers entertaining him non-stop for six hours, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

The club also provided receipts, while investigators said James' stories didn't match up and there was "no evidence" someone else used his card. James' attorney argues that no man can spend $50,000 in six hours at a strip club, and he questions how James could have tipped a male bartender so much. "If he's in there with seven girls, then why is a bartender getting tipped all this money?" (Read more Florida stories.)

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