|Published:||Jul 31, 2012 11:00 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 31, 2012 11:00 AM EDT|
MIAMI (AP) - An October trial date has been set for a Latvian man accused as the ringleader of a South Beach fraud scam involving so-called "B-Girls" who fleeced male tourists.
Trial is set Oct. 9 in Miami federal court for 45-year-old Alec Simchuk of Riga, Latvia. Simchuk was a fugitive until the FBI arrested him last week at Miami International Airport.
Simchuk has not yet entered a plea to multiple fraud, conspiracy and money laundering charges. A bail hearing is set Friday.
Prosecutors say Simchuk's scam used women from Russia and Eastern Europe to lure male tourists to supposedly exclusive clubs and give them alcoholic drinks. The men were charged exorbitant amounts, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars.
Others charged in the case have pleaded guilty or are awaiting trial.
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