A former TV weatherman who testified 12 days ago in a Miami federal courtroom that Latvian Bar Girls swindled him out of $43,000 on Miami Beach was back in the spotlight Tuesday over suggestive photos and tweets sent from his Twitter account.
John Bolaris, who was suspended from his job as a weather anchor for Fox affiliate WTXF in Philadelphia last year amid his allegations that as a tourist in South Florida in 2010 he was drugged and robbed, apparently was asleep Sunday when his fiancée Erica Smitheman drunkenly took over his Twitter account and promised to send out nude photos of herself, the New York Daily News is reporting.
The former Playboy model started her Twitter binge by writing: Hello this is Erica love John, he loves you all, I guess its ok if I send you all a naked photo or two dont tell my love.
She continued to write suggestive tweets referring to her modeling past and hinting that shed taken over Bolaris account while he slept, the newspaper reported.
This is Erica, I did pose in Playboy so what, she wrote. I will post my naked pictures John has no clue... I am tweeting, hes sleeping.
Bolaris, who now appears on the Howard Stern radio show, has nearly 13,000 followers.
Smitheman did not post nude photos, only one suggestive one, but her offer caused a stir in the Twitterverse.
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Bolaris last made headlines earlier this month in Miami when he testified about his misadventures in the hands of a Latvian crime ring, which used two beautiful women to lure him from a club and back to his hotel and in the process ran up his credit card, he said.
Heres the story that ran in MiamiHerald.com on Nov. 16, the day after Bolaris testified in court:
More than two years after his nightmare on South Beach, former TV weatherman John Bolaris remains a little foggy about his close encounter with a couple of Latvian Bar Girls who swindled him for $43,000 in bogus booze charges billed to his AMEX card.
On Friday, Bolaris testified in Miami federal court that he didnt have sex with them, though the thought crossed his mind after meeting the duo at the Delano Hotel in late March 2010. Bolaris, 55, was asked whether the B-girls suggested they go to his room at the Fontainebleau Hotel for a threesome.
No, sir, Bolaris told defense attorney Roderick Vereen. In my right state of mind, I would not do that. Vereen shot back: What about in your intoxicated state of mind?
Bolaris, who was fired last year from his job as a weatherman for FOX TV in Philadelphia, regaled a Miami jury with his tale of woe in the federal trial of four men who ran a ring of Russian-style clubs that fleeced Miami Beach tourists by deploying B-girls to seduce them.
The puppet master behind the alleged scam: admitted Russian mafioso Alec Simchuk, 46, a naturalized U.S. citizen who pleaded guilty to fraud and testified last month in the trial of his partners and associates.
In 2010, Miami Beach police and the FBI launched an undercover investigation into the B-girl network after Bolaris and other customers complained to their credit card companies about the outlandish bar tabs. A total of 18 defendants were charged in the fraud conspiracy.