ATLANTA—A Hampton man who submitted fraudulent travel reimbursement vouchers to his employer over a period of several years has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.
Jaiswinkumar Jagdishbhai Patel, 42, a business consultant for Accenture PLC, started filing the bogus reimbursement requests in May 2016, according to court documents and the Office of U.S. Attorney General for the Northern District of Georgia, Byung J. “BJay” Pak.
“Patel was a trusted employee who used the frequent travel required for his job as an opportunity to steal from his employer,” Pak said. “Eventually, he was caught by his employer and now faces the potential of significant prison time.”
Instead of submitting the true invoices for his expenses, Patel changed or created fake receipts to show more or higher travel, lodging and food expenses than he had actually incurred. Patel mailed or e-mailed 347 fraudulent documents totaling more than $112,000, from his home in Atlanta to voucher reviewers in other states, for Accenture to pay. Accenture caught and fired Patel on Jan. 17, 2017.
“Patel violated the trust placed in him by the company that hired him and now he will find out what price he will have to pay for his actions,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “The FBI will continue to work hard to protect companies against anyone who would attempt to profit from false claims.”
Patel is scheduled for sentencing on June 24 at 9:30 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Mark H. Cohen.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Miguel R. Acosta is prosecuting.