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I-Team: Strip club files lawsuit in credit card fraud case

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas strip club has filed a civil racketeering lawsuit against three former managers and three former topless dancers.

Lawyers for Club Paradise filed the suit Monday. It alleges the former managers and dancers worked together to inflate customers credit card transactions through false pretenses or outright forgeries.

The conspirators then shared in the proceeds generated by the scheme, the lawsuit alleges.

The club was closed in June when police executed search warrants looking for evidence of credit card fraud. Some patrons had claimed to police that they were grossly overcharged during visits to the club.

The club has always maintained that if any fraud occurred it was carried out by rogue, former employees and filed the lawsuit Monday.

The police investigation so far has not resulted in any arrests.

Lawyers for the club say the former managers named in the suit resigned from their jobs after being asked to take polygraph tests in connection with the theft of $50,000 from a safe.

John Carrcilli is among the ex-managers named as defendants, along with Ryan Carlson and Ricardo Tavares. Former dancers named as defendants are Giovanna Chico, Bibi Rambahran and Cyndi Sellers, according to the suit. The women go by the stage names "Ivey," "Henna" and "Vixen."

Because of problems resulting from the police investigation, the club has been open occasionally since June, generally on a cash basis. The club considers itself a victim of the alleged scheme which it estimates has cost well more than $1 million in lost business.