A Houston business man is accused of bad business practices at one area company. James Jay Beckman is now being sued by a strip club after allegedly running up a more than $300,000 tab. Even worse Beckman allegedly gave his company credit card to the strip club to pay that bill. Now the gentleman's club is suing Beckman and the company he works for.
This lawsuit claims Beckman, who works for CIT Group Incorporated, in one month, spent $321,857.72 at Privilege strip club on Westheimer Road. The suit claims Beckman stopped by the strip club up to fourteen times in July and August 2013, spending $25,000 on each visit.
Beckman allegedly settled each tab with the gentleman's club using his CIT Group company American Express. Days later Beckman is accused of calling the credit card company claiming the charges aren't his but supposedly this isn't the first time he's doing this.
According to the lawsuit, "In fact, Mr. Beckman, one year earlier expended substantial sums at the club and then reversed the charges as he is doing now."
CIT is a Fortune 500 financial services international company worth billions. CIT's response to being named in a lawsuit after an employee allegedly ran up a more than $300,000 tab using a company credit card? In a written statement CIT says, "We had no prior knowledge or involvement in Mr. Beckman's alleged activities. We consider this a personal matter between Mr. Beckman and Houston KP, LLC."
Another claim in the lawsuit? Beckman allegedly committed "the same acts at other clubs in an around Houston."
I spoke with a Houston attorney who says he is representing several strip clubs where Beckman, according to the attorney, "has pulled this same stunt." I reached out to Beckman's attorney but I haven't yet heard back from him.
So how is it possible to spend that much at a strip club? I'm told the bill can really skyrocket when customers order "bottle service" or bottles of expensive champagne and alcohol, lap dances, a private VIP room, private dances and when strip club clients request to "keep company" with the dancers.