Timonium man pleads guilty in fraud, to give back Rolexes

December 22, 2006|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,Sun Reporter

A Timonium man agreed yesterday to give up the dozen Rolex watches he bought with some of the almost $400,000 he bilked from his employer by lying on expense forms.

In U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Patrick McDevitt, 38, pleaded guilty yesterday to wire fraud from a scheme to submit $399,537 in false claims to his employer for reimbursement of doctored expenses.

His attorney could not be reached for comment late yesterday.

According to the plea agreement, McDevitt worked as a communications manager for the battery company SAFT America Inc. out of its Cockeysville office.

Prosecutors wrote in court papers that he billed for fake expenses and falsified signatures on documents to make it appear that reimbursement requests had been approved.

As part of the plea, McDevitt agreed to forfeit to the government the luxury watches and other items he bought.

McDevitt could receive a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison when he appears before Judge J. Frederick Motz on Feb. 20.

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