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Probation for legal secretary who ran exotic male dancing service

A legal secretary was sentenced Friday to five years of probation for using her law firm’s corporate credit card to finance a side business specializing in exotic male dancers.

Jarriette D. Richie, of Clinton, was charged in September and pleaded guilty to fraud a month later.

In court papers filed in the District's federal court, authorities wrote that Richie, 41, worked at the law firm Saul Ewing, and also ran Show N Tell Enterainment out of her house. The company promoted itself as providing "male performers exclusively for female audiences,” authorities wrote in court papers.

In 2007, prosecutors say, Richie used a Saul Ewing corporate American Express card to finance a Show N Tell excursion to Puerto Rico.

She charged $21,375 in airline tickets, apparently for her clients and male dancers, on the card. She also put $25,473 in resort charges on the card, prosecutors said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Menzer wrote in court papers that Richie was motivated by “a desire live beyond her means.” At the time, she was driving a “relatively new Mercedes Benz,” Menzer wrote.

Richie faced up to a year in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. But Menzer urged U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton to sentence the legal secretary to probation and home detention because she has serious health problems.

Her defense attorney, Shawn Moore, asked for leniency, in part, because Richie suffered from kidney failure and is awaiting a transplant.

Walton also ordered Richie to pay $56,000 in restitution to American Express, American Airlines, the resort and a federal credit union.

-- Del Quentin Wilber

By Del Wilber  |  January 22, 2010; 1:11 PM ET
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , From the Courthouse , The District  
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The stupidity of people sometimes is just unbelievable. Did she not think that charging over 50K to a corporate card was not going to set off any alarms?

Posted by: jabreal00 | January 24, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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