After little more than a day of deliberating, jurors in trial of former
Ogilvy & Mather executives Shona Seifert and Thomas Early found the pair
guilty Tuesday on all 11 counts of scheming to inflate bills on the
government's $1 billion Office of National Drug Control Policy account to
cover a $3 million revenue shortfall on the business, a representative from
the U.S. Attorney's Office, which prosecuted the case, confirmed.
Both Seifert and Early pleaded not guilty. They now face a maximum sentence
of five years in prison.
During testimony in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Seifert and Early were
adamant in saying they did not ask Ogilvy employees to falsify timesheets to
fraudulently increase the number of hours billed to the ONDCP, though Early
admitted that some timesheets seemed to contain inaccuracies that favored
Ogilvy. --David Kaplan