A former information technology manager for America's Health Insurance Plans faces deportation and prison time for steering nearly $1 million of the association's money to a front company in which he was the sole director, employee and shareholder.
Dribjot Dua, 39, pleaded guilty to mail fraud Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington.
According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor, Dua ordered about $940,000 worth of computer hardware, software and licenses for AHIP from a company called Network Circle between May 2004 and January 2007. AHIP never received any of the goods. He also spent $7,500 of AHIP's money on products for himself and had it shipped to his home in Boyds, Md.
Dua agreed in his deal with prosecutors to forfeit the remaining $42,000 in Network Circle's account, $9,200 in traveler's checks seized from his residence and the balance of his AHIP 401(k). At his sentencing hearing, set for Jan. 28, 2008, a judge could send him to prison for as long as 33 months. As an Indian national, he is also subject to deportation.
A spokesman for AHIP said he didnt have enough information about the case to comment.