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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Former Accenture employee pleads guilty to wire fraud

ATLANTA - Jaiswinkumar Jagdishbhai Patel, who submitted fraudulent travel reimbursement vouchers to his employer over a period of several years, has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

“Patel was a trusted employee who used the frequent travel required for his job as an opportunity to steal from his employer,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.  “Eventually, he was caught by his employer and now faces the potential of significant prison time.”

“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.”

According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges and other information presented in court: Patel was employed by Accenture PLC as a business consultant who frequently traveled as a part of his employment.  To receive reimbursement for his travel related expenses, Patel was directed to submit his travel receipts for expenses like hotels, rental cars, and plane tickets to the company.  However, in March 2012, he began submitting fraudulent vouchers for reimbursement for his travel. 

Rather than submitting the true invoices for his expenses, Patel would modify and create receipts to show additional or higher travel, lodging, and food expenses than he had actually incurred.  After modifying the true invoices and creating forged receipts, Patel would submit these fraudulent business expenses, often times from his home in the Atlanta, Georgia area, via email and the postal mail, to travel voucher reviewers that were located in other states.  Accenture would then make reimbursement payments to Patel, relying on the falsified documentation.  Patel submitted approximately 347 fraudulent expense transactions to Accenture throughout the course of his employment, resulting in a theft of over $112,000 until he was caught and fired by Accenture on January 17, 2017.

Sentencing for Jaiswinkumar Jagdishbhai Patel, 42, of Hampton, Georgia, is scheduled for June 24, 2020, 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 the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated April 1, 2020