Police arrested the former chief financial officer at Barry University School of Law last week on a second-degree felony grand theft charge for allegedly racking up $50,000 on his work-related corporate credit card to eat out with friends, pay his utility bills, and buy drinks at Hooters.
The ex-CFO is John LaTorre, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
From February 2014 through just last month, an arrest affidavit states, LaTorre “excessively” used his Barry University-related American Express card “and made unauthorized transactions.”
LaTorre, 56, also wrote checks to himself, according to the affidavit.
After he was arrested, police say, LaTorre admitted that he had “made personal transactions on the university’s corporate account,” the affidavit further stated.
Officials at the Catholic university in Florida have been tight-lipped regarding the arrest, saying only that LaTorre is no longer employed there.
Barry’s main campus is located in Miami Shores, but several satellite campuses dot the Sunshine State. The law school is in Orlando. Full-time law tuition is $35,845 per year.
On his LinkedIn page, LaTorre describes himself as a “[s]easoned financial leader with 30+ years of diverse experience in multiple industries and public & private companies.”
The page says LaTorre began working at Barry in January 2014.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University and an MBA from Barry.
In the fall of 2012, The Daily Caller ranked Barry’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law among the 10 worst of America’s way-too-many nationally-accredited law schools. (RELATED: Gulags: The 10 Worst ABA-Accredited Law Schools)
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