Man Who Lavished Money on Strippers Pleads Guilty of Using His Company's Funds to Do It

By Patrick, Robert | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), March 17, 2016 | Go to article overview

Man Who Lavished Money on Strippers Pleads Guilty of Using His Company's Funds to Do It


Patrick, Robert, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


ST. LOUIS * A man from Arizona who cost his Maryland Heights- based company $476,413 in fraudulent expenses pleaded guilty to federal charges here Wednesday.

At the time of John David Berrett's indictment last summer, prosecutors said Berrett spent the money on a sex toy and college tuition, flowers, shoes and chocolates for online strippers.

Wednesday's hearing revealed few such details, but Berrett, 41, of Gilbert, Ariz., did admit submitting expense claims totaling more than $10,000 at a time. He also acknowledged that the expenses were for personal items, and that he was not allowed personal use of his company credit card.

Under federal guidelines, Berrett faces at least 21 months in prison for five felony counts of wire fraud, although officials believe he should get 33 to 41 months because he abused a position of trust and used special skills to perpetrate the fraud. He is expected to be sentenced at the end of June.

Berrett will also be ordered to repay the money.

He was an Internet technology architect for World Wide Technology Inc. who traveled the world to meet with clients and provide training and support.

Between September 2013 and October 2014, Berrett submitted bogus expenses of $476,413, according to his plea hearing. In the proceeding, he admitted that a series of expenditures were actually for his personal use, including $10,799.82 in expenses he submitted in July 2014 for "consulting."

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry asked Berrett, "What was that for? What did you actually get for that amount of money? …

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