Missouri Staff Member Charged $7,600 at a Las Vegas Strip Club on a University Credit Card

By David LaRose

There’s always a potential for something bad to happen when you send a company employee to Las Vegas and you provide that employee with a company credit card.

The Missouri football program knows that all too well now.

Michael Schumacher, Missouri football’s director of video operations, was given the responsibility of attending a professional conference in Vegas by himself. What happened afterwards was Mizzou’s worst nightmare.

Apparently, about a year and a half ago, Schumacher went on a bit of a spending spree at the Olympic Garden strip club on the Vegas strip. That spree ended up totaling around $7,600 and it was all spent on a University credit card.

Michael Schumacher [has] repaid $7,605.50 for two credit charges from a May 5, 2011, visit to Olympic Garden. One of the charges included a $2,000 tip on a $4,400 bill at a nightclub billed as the “only Vegas strip club on the Strip.”

Disciplinary action was taken against Schumacher, who is still employed by the university, but the school did not divulge what that was.

This is all coming to light now due to a audit that was conducted externally. The August 14 report also revealed some other erroneous charges to the University credit cards by an athletic staff member. The former men’s basketball director of operations Jeff Daniels ran up nearly $3,000 in charges, including “two charges of $1,489.54 each at the Vince Young Steakhouse in Austin, Texas, in January 2011, even though there is a $2,500 transaction limit.

Due to the findings, the University has deactivated 32 credit cards and employees have been put on notice.

Frankly, I don’t understand what goes through people’s minds sometimes. Do they really think that the school won’t notice what is being charged to the card? It just doesn’t make sense.

Unfortunately for Schumacher, what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas.

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