Always beware strangers at a bar is a pretty good rule: A lesson for a TV weatherman who says he was drugged in South Florida by women working for the Russian mob.

John Bolaris, a former Fox affiliate weatherman, told authorities he was approached by two women in a Miami Beach bar and woke up days later owing more than $43,000 in credit card charges for caviar, champagne and more. Bolaris recently lost his job after telling the tale in a December Playboy interview.

The FBI investigated and eventually arrested 17 members of the mob accused of defrauding at least 88 men in South Beach, according to media reports.