Ex-O&M Director Pleads Guilty in ONDCP Fraud Case

18 March 2005

Skeletons continue to tumble from the closet following the trial and conviction of former Ogilvy and Mather ad agency executives in the US.

Onetime O&M media director Ray Simko has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to defraud the government, filing false claims and making false statements while he worked on the Office of National Drug Control Policy's $1 billion (€769m, £532m) account in 1999.

Last month former executives Shona Seifert and Thomas Early were convicted of a plot to recoup a $3 million shortfall in the business by instructing O&M employees to falsify timesheets and bill time to the ONDCP that they had not worked [WAMN: 21-Feb-05].

It was during their trial that Simko was named as central figure in the conspiracy. All three now face up to five years' in jail and hefty fines.

Data sourced from Adweek (USA); additional content by WARC staff