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Witness: Brooks had DHB pay for porn, dry cleaning

March 03, 2010

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Newsday’s Tuesday, March 2 coverage of the David Brooks’ trial, written by reporter Robert Kessler, revealed that the prosecution is contending that Brooks illegally had his company pay for much of his life-style, ranging from the ordinary to the over the top, from the lighting bill on his Old Westbury mansion to his dry cleaning, and from family vacation flights to St. Barts to the trainers of Brooks' stable of hundreds of horses, an employee of his former company testified for the government Tuesday.

The government’s witness, Segismundo, was the former accounting assistant at Brooks' DHB Industries. She also testified Tuesday at federal court in Central Islip that although she only was employed at DHB, her job requirements ranged from writing checks for as many as 18 adult videos a month, as well as $30 for a copy of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, for his son Andrew.

Segismundo also testified said that she kept a daily tally of the status of various personal corporations Brooks controlled that had a net worth of hundreds of millions of dollars and of a Tennessee company named TAP, a supplier of body-armor parts that was ostensibly independently owned by Brooks' former wife, Terry.

The attorneys for Brooks, who is charged with looting his company for his personal benefit and making $185 million in a stock scheme, say that his contract with the company entitled him to have it pay for all his personal expenses. Federal prosecutors say the documents supporting the contract are forgeries.
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