A Collinsville attorney claims he is owed more than $15,000 after he was paid with a check from a checking account that contained inadequate expenses.

John L. Bitzer alleges attorney William L. Berry wrote a check to Vanguard, which is Bitzer's profit sharing plan, for $5,340.

However, the check was returned because of insufficient funds in Berry's account, according to the small claims complaint filed May 17 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Since then, Berry has admitted owing Bitzer money, but has refused to pay him, the suit states.

Not only does Berry owe Bitzer money for the check, but he also owes him for charges issued to a credit card issued to Bitzer without his knowledge or permission, the complaint says.

"Said credit card was obtained for the purpose of paying certain expenses incurred by the former law firm of Dunham, Boman and Leskera," the suit states.

"Nevertheless, Defendant, again without permission or knowledge by the plaintiff, used the card for his own personal use such as $390 for Fox Theater tickets, $1,117.20 for Busch Stadium Skybox, $5,400 for St. Louis Cardinals season tickets and a $3,000 cash advance."

Although Bitzer has demanded that the credit card's purchases be paid off, Berry has refused to do so, Bitzer alleges.

Bitzer will be appearing pro se.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-SC-1884.

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