Knowing against the charge of spying on an executive

BENGALURU: Five years after a corruption scandal rocked Cognizant, the case continues to be an irritant for the Nasdaq-listed IT company. One of the two senior leaders indicted in this case, former lawyer Steven Schwartz, accused Cognizant of spying on the defense camp. Cognizant refuted the claim in a New Jersey court that there was never such an intrusion.
A Wall Street Journal article said in a report Tuesday that Schwartz’s attorneys said Cognizant hired private investigators to interview employees of a law firm representing Schwartz and gathered information from its own senior investigator , who they said “was acting like a spy in the defense camp.” ”.
According to the court record, Ricardo Solano, a (litigation) partner at Friedman Kaplan law firm who represents Cognizant, told the US District Judge: “At all times during his investigation and since, Cognizant and his counsel have acted in a professional and proper manner, and there was certainly never an intrusion “on the defense camp” as Schwartz now claims … Therefore, although the motion is addressed to the government, we respectfully request the opportunity to respond so that the court can have a full record of the underlying facts before considering the unusual – and unwarranted – relief Schwartz seeks. YOU saw a copy of the deposit.

In 2019, Schwartz filed a lawsuit against Cognizant in a U.S. court for withholding his attorneys’ fees to defend against a pending federal indictment in a bribery charge for violating the Corrupt Practices Act at abroad (FCPA). That same year, U.S. officials filed an indictment against Schwartz and former President Gordon Coburn in New Jersey District Court.
The original case, which emerged under the previous leadership when it opened an internal investigation, alleged that Coburn and Schwartz channeled payments to L&T, the construction company responsible for Cognizant’s Chennai campus. It was alleged that in order to conceal the reimbursement by Cognizant to L&T of the bribes paid by the latter to government officials, Schwartz and Coburn agreed that L&T would submit numerous fraudulent change requests at the end of the project totaling 2 millions of dollars.
In 2016, Cognizant reported to the SEC and the United States Department of Justice, and was asked to pay $ 25 million in penalties. Schwartz and Coburn left Cognizant the same year and were charged in February 2019 with conspiracy to violate the FCPA and falsifying books and records.

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