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Sanjay Kumar (ex-CEO of Computer Associates) to plead guilty to fraud
Wall Street Journal Interactive ^ | April 24, 2006 | William Bulkeley and Paul Davies

Posted on 04/24/2006 10:30:21 AM PDT by Blue Jays

Former CA Chief To Plead Guilty

By William M. Bulkeley & Paul Davies April 24, 2006 12:59 p.m.

Sanjay Kumar, former chief executive officer of Computer Associates International Inc., is expected to plead guilty to financial fraud charges later today. People familiar with the situation said Mr. Kumar and his co-defendant Stephen Richards, a former top sales executive, will appear in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn today at 2 p.m. Details of the expected guilty pleas weren't immediately available. Lawyers for Messrs. Kumar and Richards couldn't be reached for comment.

Once the protégé of CA founder Charles Wang, Mr. Kumar joined the company in 1987 and took over as CEO in 2000, promising to improve customer relations and the company's accounting. He was forced to step down in early 2004 as accounting irregularities came to light.

Prosecutors accused Mr. Kumar of helping to orchestrate a widespread fraud and then lying to cover it up. They claimed Mr. Kumar himself flew to Paris to backdate one contract and later destroyed potential evidence by erasing his laptop's hard drive after the government began its investigation...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
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Computer Associates (CA) had to pay a penalty of almost $250M a few years ago due to accounting irregularities. It will be interesting to see if Messrs. Kumar and Richards see time in prison for their deeds.
1 posted on 04/24/2006 10:30:23 AM PDT by Blue Jays
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To: Blue Jays
This thread contains a link to the WSJ site above, where members can obtain even more details than what is listed on the public page.
2 posted on 04/24/2006 10:33:13 AM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Blue Jays

Sorry, I thought this was the guy who was looking for White Castle with Harold.


3 posted on 04/24/2006 11:22:14 AM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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Hi Sean327-

Sanjay Kumar is likely going to have problems almost as significant as poor arterial health once the dust settles in the courtroom. He is probably going to cool his heels in prison for a few months. Perhaps they'll stick him in the same cell as Kenneth Lay since they were both ripping-off stockholders!

~ Blue Jays ~

4 posted on 04/24/2006 11:38:39 AM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Blue Jays
I was working on my post of this when you finished, but added some additional information that may be interesting to Freepers - who Sanjay was giving money to.

Link to thread with FEC data

5 posted on 04/24/2006 11:45:18 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Blue Jays
CA where software goes to die.

Seriously who was using their junk by 2000?

What was the last software product actually built by CA?

6 posted on 04/24/2006 11:48:34 AM PDT by Dinsdale
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Hi Dinsdale-

The last software tool built by CA and not acquired from someone else was probably a mainframe application like CA-SORT or something like that from decades ago.

~ Blue Jays ~

7 posted on 04/24/2006 11:53:08 AM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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8 posted on 04/24/2006 11:55:40 AM PDT by cmsgop ( I love Scotch. .......Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch)
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To: Dinsdale

Mainframe stuff never dies. It's in use lots of places.

I don't understand the comment about the "last software product". They actively sell products for various platforms even now. Total revenue in 2005 was $3,500 million, up from the previous year.


9 posted on 04/24/2006 11:56:17 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: BearWash

OK, I didn't realize people were contrasting acquired product lines to developed ones.


10 posted on 04/24/2006 11:59:37 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: BearWash

When I worked for CA years ago, their corporate motto was "Software Superior By Design." However, since their primary activity was gobbling up other companies and stripping them down, we preferred "Software Superior By Acquisition."


11 posted on 04/24/2006 12:04:35 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: Dinsdale

I've heard people tell me they use their antivirus and backup software.


12 posted on 04/24/2006 12:06:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: BearWash; Dinsdale
Hi BearWash-

The mainframe is as healthy as ever due to its supreme stability and reliability. It isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Computer Associates (CA) just has a nasty habit of acquiring decent companies, terminating their people, beating these new customers over the head for maintenance payments...and then CA doesn't enhance the software. It is their classic storyline repeated many times over.

~ Blue Jays ~

13 posted on 04/24/2006 12:08:04 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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beating these new customers over the head for maintenance payments

Yeah, I heard that many times from the mainframe administrators. I was on the Digital minicomputer side and we managed to avoid the Polycenter/Unicenter stuff although it was certainly pitched to us.

14 posted on 04/24/2006 12:14:02 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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Hi nickcarraway-

That works at the individual retail consumer level. The CA enterprise-version antivirus, backup, and restore software tools have been thoroughly thrashed by the marketplace for poor performance.

They should stick to the mainframe applications and maybe some of their enterprise management tools. They're way out of their league with regard to security and storage software.

~ Blue Jays ~

15 posted on 04/24/2006 12:14:07 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: BearWash

Remember the old Polycenter/Unicenter wrap-up stuff! They tried to "sell" that tool and then "give" the mainframe maintenance for free. What a hoot it was back then!


16 posted on 04/24/2006 12:16:53 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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"What was the last software product actually built by CA?"

Hmmmmm. I'm going with SuperCalc, the Lotus 1-2-3 ripoff that like Lotus, eventually succumbed to the Bill Gates Office/Excel death grip.

17 posted on 04/24/2006 12:17:48 PM PDT by Henchster
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To: Blue Jays

Thyey recently acquired Ilumin, an email archiving software company. I don't know how good it is.


18 posted on 04/24/2006 12:18:32 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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We'll have to see how the Ilumin software is integrated. CA made a huge and utter mess of the Cheyenne Software tools like ARCserve and FAXserve they everyone used to love.


19 posted on 04/24/2006 12:23:51 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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they = that
20 posted on 04/24/2006 12:24:40 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Jack Black; Dinsdale; BearWash; Interesting Times; Henchster; nickcarraway; cmsgop; sean327
Hi All-

This just reported on the Wall Street Journal site:

"...Sanjay Kumar, former chief executive officer of Computer Associates International Inc., has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and securities fraud charges for his role in the massive accounting scandal..."

It will be interesting to see what the penalties are for these crimes. Also of interest, their former CFO named Ira Zar apparently completed prison for his role in the scam and was recently released. According to the annual reports, his sister also worked at CA at the time. She wasn't implicated in any of these crimes. Hopefully this financial nightmare for folks interested in the technology sector will be resolved soon.

~ Blue Jays ~

21 posted on 04/24/2006 1:38:37 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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Hi All-

Also from today's Wall Street Journal related article. Highlighted areas are mine:

"...Sanjay Kumar, the former chief executive of CA Inc., pleaded guilty to securities fraud and obstruction of justice charges stemming from a scheme that used backdated contracts to falsify the U.S. company's quarterly earnings reports.

The plea ends the career of a Sri Lankan immigrant who climbed to the top of the corporate ladder and made a fortune in the U.S. high-technology boom. Mr. Kumar now faces a maximum 90 years in prison if the eight counts to which he pleaded result in consecutive sentences. However, lighter sentencing of 10 to 30 years might be dictated under federal guidelines.

'Your honor, my conduct was wrong. I take responsibility for participating in this practice and I apologize for my actions,' Mr. Kumar told Judge I. Leo Glasser in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., yesterday.

Mr. Wang, 60, first spotted the younger Mr. Kumar when Mr. Kumar was a poor teenage immigrant. The two immigrants eventually became wealthy together, once sharing with another executive a $1.1 billion award of shares in the company. They are also co-owners of the New York Islanders professional hockey team. Mr. Wang hasn't been charged with any wrongdoing..." [/snip]

So this selfish nutcase Sanjay Kumar is paid several million in annual salary, earned another $300+ million in the stock award, had benefits out the wazoo, and yet he STILL defrauded honest stockholders and stole millions of dollars from them? He isn't sorry...he is just sorry he got caught. He needs to go to prison for a long time.

~ Blue Jays ~

22 posted on 04/25/2006 9:45:01 AM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Dinsdale

"Seriously who was using their junk by 2000?"

Lots of mainframe customers still use them. I like their tape management system better than IBM's RMM. The reporting is better.


23 posted on 04/25/2006 9:53:25 AM PDT by dljordan
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Hi dljordan-

Their bread n' butter mainframe software like CA-1, CA-7, CA-11, CA-ACF2, CA-DASDCheck, CA-Dispatch, CA-Deliver, and similar tools are quite reliable.

~ Blue Jays ~

24 posted on 04/25/2006 11:21:01 AM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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