Jaguars: Former Jaguars employee Amit Patel accused of embezzling $22 million to fund lavish lifestyle

In a shocking revelation, a former Jacksonville Jaguars employee, Amit Patel, is facing allegations of embezzling over $22 million from the American football franchise between 2019 and 2023, reported The Athletic. The accused exploited the team’s virtual credit card program, diverting funds to finance a lavish lifestyle that included luxury trips, high-end purchases, and even online gambling.
Court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, Fla., identify Patel as the mastermind behind the fraudulent scheme. He served as the coordinator of financial planning and analysis from 2018 to 2022 and later as the manager in the same department before being terminated in February 2023.
Patel, entrusted with overseeing the Jaguars’ monthly financial statements and department budgets, abused his authority over the virtual credit card (VCC) program. This allowed certain authorized employees to request VCCs for legitimate business expenses. Instead, Patel allegedly engaged in wire fraud, manipulating the system by duplicating reoccurring transactions, inflating legitimate amounts, and entering fictitious transactions.
The ill-gotten gains financed a spree of extravagant purchases, including a condominium in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a Tesla Model 3 sedan, a Nissan pickup truck, and a luxury watch valued at over $95,000. Patel also allegedly used the stolen funds for online gambling, purchasing cryptocurrency, chartering private jets, booking luxury hotels, and various other personal expenses.
The Jaguars, referred to as “Business A” in the federal filing, confirmed the victimization in a statement. The team acknowledged Patel’s termination in February 2023 and expressed gratitude for the efforts of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for their investigation.
Patel faces charges of wire fraud and illegal monetary transactions. If convicted, he may be required to forfeit over $22 million in addition to assets acquired through the fraudulent activities. In a recent development, Patel’s attorney filed a waiver of indictment, indicating his willingness to proceed with the case through an information process rather than an indictment.
The NFL has not provided comments on the matter, and Patel’s attorney has not responded to interview requests. The accused could potentially face severe consequences if convicted of these egregious financial crimes.


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