Feds: Man Tipped Strippers 2K Times With Company Cash

John David Berrett is accused of spending $476K in 13 months
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2015 1:22 PM CDT
Feds: Man Tipped Strippers 2K Times With Company Cash
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There's using the company credit card for unethical reasons, and then there's this alleged story out of Gilbert, Arizona. The feds accuse John David Berrett of dropping $476,000 of employer World Wide Technology's cash on what the Arizona Republic describes as an "online-stripper habit." A 16-page indictment details the IT architect's alleged activity over the course of 13 months beginning in September 2013. Among the more colorful allegations: that he tipped online strippers roughly 2,200 times (the total hit the six-figures); gave another stripper $26,800 so she could buy tires, apparently very nice ones, among other things; and gave others things like a "digital piano."

The 40-year-old is also accused of submitting fudged expense reports in what authorities say was a way to cover up some of the expenditures. A $130 test-prep guide was actually a male sex toy, according to the documents; while a $225 "bribe for the UNIX guys" was wine shipped to a stripper, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The company, which does $6.7 billion in revenue is based in St. Louis, hence Berrett's indictment by a federal grand jury in Missouri on five counts of wire fraud. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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