An ex-employee of the Jacksonville Jaguars has been accused of stealing $22 million from the franchise according to a report from The Athletic.
Amit Patel, who worked for the Jags organization for five years, beginning in 2018, has been named in court filings.
Per the report:
“A former Jacksonville Jaguars employee is accused of stealing more than $22 million from the franchise from 2019 to 2023 by exploiting the organization’s virtual credit card program, and he used that money to buy, among other items, two vehicles, a condominium and a designer watch worth over $95,000. Some of that money was also allegedly used to purchase cryptocurrency and place bets with online gambling sites,” The Athletic reported.
Here is a list of everything Patel was reportedly alleged to have bought or used with proceeds from the scheme:
- Condo in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
- Tesla Model 3
- Nissan pickup truck
- Online gambling bets
- Watch worth over $95,000
- Private jets & luxury hotels for travel with his friends
- Retainer with a criminal defense law firm
- Assorted electronics
- Sports memorabilia
- Country club membership
- Spa treatments
- Concerts and sporting event tickets
The Jaguars have confirmed via a statement.
“We can confirm that in February 2023, the team terminated the employment of the individual named in the filing,” the team said in a statement.
“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.”