Feds: Microsoft manager defrauded company of $460K

AP News
Posted: Apr 12, 2011 6:25 PM
Feds: Microsoft manager defrauded company of $460K

A former Microsoft manager was arrested Tuesday after federal agents accused him of defrauding the company of $460,000 and spending it on high-end audio equipment, a vacation to British Columbia and credit card bills.

Robert D. Curry faces three counts of wire fraud in U.S. District Court, where he was making an initial appearance Tuesday. It was not immediately known if he had obtained a lawyer.

Curry was a business development director at Microsoft last year when he persuaded a vendor, Pentad Solutions, to begin sending checks to two other companies _ one that Curry invested in, and another that he owned, an FBI agent wrote in the criminal complaint.

Pentad, which has not been accused of wrongdoing, supplies Microsoft with temporary workers. Curry told Pentad the checks would cover expenses incurred by the other companies, and Pentad could then bill Microsoft to get reimbursed, just as it does when it bills Microsoft for the workers it supplies.

Pentad complied, and Curry used the money on personal expenses, the complaint said.

One of Pentad's owners did not immediately return an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Curry began working for Microsoft in 2006 and was fired in January. The complaint states he gave internal investigators a recorded interview in which he claimed all the expenses occurred by the vendors were legitimate.