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US Aerospace Exec Charged With Antitrust Conspiracy

 |  December 12, 2021

A former Connecticut executive with Pratt and Whitney has been charged in federal court with an alleged long-running conspiracy involving hiring practices, reported the DOJ.

Mahesh Patel of Glastonbury is accused of conspiring with outside suppliers to limit the recruitment of skilled employees. 

He faces antitrust charges for allegedly upholding a conspiracy with other aerospace companies not to hire or recruit employees from each other’s companies.

If convicted, Patel faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

“The Antitrust Division, together with our law enforcement partners, have prioritized rooting out conspiracies in labor markets,” said Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “Here, thousands of workers have been victimized over a long period of time. We will vigorously prosecute this and other cases in which corporate executives undermine the careers of their own workers in order to reap undeserved profits and deprive our fellow citizens of opportunities to earn a competitive wage.”

“Given the significance of major defense and aerospace companies to Connecticut’s economy, it is vital that the labor market in this industry remain fair, open and competitive to our workers,” said Peter S. Jongbloed, Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. “No one should be illegally denied the opportunity to pursue better jobs, higher pay and greater benefits. We look forward to continuing the partnership with the Antitrust Division and our law enforcement partners in prosecuting this important case.”

“Protecting the integrity of the Department of Defense (DoD) procurement process is a top priority for the DoD Office of Inspector General’s Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS),” said Principal Deputy Director James R. Ives of the DCIS. “We are committed to working with the Antitrust Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut to hold companies and individuals accountable for practices that erode public trust and confidence in the DoD industry.”

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