CA's former boss Sanjay Kumar has pleaded guilty to charges that he manipulated the company's revenues.
A sentence has yet to be set, but the big question isn't about Kumar's jail term, but about what will happen to an outrageous bonus package.
Manipulating CA's revenues allowed Kumar to qualify for a $100m bonus. The figure is outrageous by itself, but even more so because the company prided itself with contributing to several charities – Kumar himself fled Sri Lanka because of the conflict going on there.
The company had a number of pet charity projects. During CA World in 2003 for instance, the company handed out chips to delegates that represented a donation that they could make one of several selected charities. During his keynote presentation at the show, Kumar displayed a video of puppy-eyed children that were saved by those charities.
"I always get a little wet in my eyes when I see that," he commented after the video ended.
That's the same feeling that investors must have gotten when Kumar entered his guilty plea yesterday, admitting that he defrauded them out of millions for his personal financial gain.
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