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A legal secretary at Saul Ewing in Washington, D.C., found herself in hot water with the law after her employer discovered she was using a law firm corporate credit card to finance an exotic dancing enterprise called “Show N Tell Entertainment,” a service that provides male exotic performers to female clientele. Jariette Richie, 41, was charged with fraud in a District of Columbia federal court last week.
Richie is accused of using the corporate American Express card to help finance a trip for her clients to Puerto Rico’s Copamarina Beach Resort in August 2007. According to court papers submitted by District Attorney Investigator Diane Eickman, Richie used the card to make $46,848 in fraudulent purchases in conjunction with the excursion.
The credit card in question was kept in a locked room near Richie’s desk, but Richie’s troubles began earlier in 2007 when she deposited nearly $70,000 in counterfeit checks into her account at a credit union. Credit union officials froze the account once they discovered the checks had been counterfeited, and a federal investigation subsequently commenced. Presumably in need of funds to finance the Puerto Rico trip, Richie then used a corporate credit card to purchase airline tickets to Puerto Rico.
Saul Ewing is a regional, Mid-Atlantic law firm serving the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. markets. White collar crime and corporate governance are among its various practice groups. In other words, maybe they should have seen this one coming?
– Abbey Morrow
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