Ex CA exec Kumar loses perks after indictment

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Ex CA exec Kumar loses perks after indictment

Computer Associates International has revoked perks, including office space and home security services, that it handed out to former chairman and chief executive officer Sanjay Kumar after he left the company last month.

In a letter last week, executive vice-president and general counsel Kenneth Handal gave 60 days notice to Kumar that CA was it was revoking the benefits. The letter was included in a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

On 17 September, Kumar was indicted by a federal grand jury in New York, on charges of securities fraud conspiracy and obstruction of justice. The indictment was unsealed last Wednesday.

In connection with Kumar's resignation as chief software architect in June, CA's board of directors agreed to provide him with office space and an administrative assistant of his choice for as long as five years, as well as telephone and network connections, according to a letter dated 26 August included in the filing.

CA also agreed to provide home security services for about $9,000 (£4,974) a year. It warned that it could revoke the benefits for good cause with 60 days notice. Other arrangements, including one for medical insurance for Kumar and his family for 20 years, were not revoked in the letter.

Kumar and CA's former worldwide head of sales, Stephen Richards, are accused of involvement with accounting fraud during CA's 2000 financial year in which licence agreements were backdated to shift revenue into previous quarters. Last week Kumar pleaded not guilty. Kumar stepped down as chairman and chief executive in April and was chief software architect until June.

Stephen Lawson writes for IDG News Service


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