A former employee from Jaguars has been alleged of doing up a fraud of more than $22 million. Amit Patel, a former Jaguars employee, worked for Jacksonville Jaguars, an American football team from 2018. He was fired in February 2023.
Amit Patel began his career as a coordinator after which he was promoted to the post of a manager. He used to look after the team’s department budgets and financial planning.
It has been alleged by the company that Amit stole more than $22 million in 4 years. As per the reports, he allegedly used the funds to purchase 2 vehicles including a Tesla Model 3 sedan and a Nissan pickup, designer watch and a condominium in the Ponte Vedra Beach
Not only this, he even invested in crypto currency, placed bets on online gambling and also chartered personal jets.
If found guilty, Amit Patel will have to forfeit property worth at least $22,221,454.40 or a sum equivalent to the proceeds of the said offense.
The statement given by the Jaguars Team
The team in a statement given to The Athletic.com said “We can confirm that in February 2023, the team terminated the employment of the individual named in the filing.”
It further added, “Over the past several months we have cooperated fully with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida during their investigation and thank them for their efforts in this case. As was made clear in the charges, this individual was a former manager of financial planning and analysis who took advantage of his trusted position to covertly and intentionally commit significant fraudulent financial activity at the team’s expense for personal benefit. This individual had no access to confidential football strategy, personnel or other football information. The team engaged experienced law and accounting firms to conduct a comprehensive independent review, which concluded that no other team employees were involved in or aware of his criminal activity.”