Andrew Garson
Andrew Garson

Andrew Garson pled guilty in New York federal court on Nov. 1 to charges that he defrauded his former employers MWWPR and Catalyst PR of millions of dollars, and agreed to pay $3.8M in restitution.

He will be sentenced on Feb. 28 and could serve up to 20 years in prison.

The 41-year-old was arrested and charged with wire fraud on Oct. 2, 2019 and for a subsequent scheme to obtain New York State unemployment benefits.

US attorney Damian Williams said: “Andrew Garson betrayed his employers time and time again, causing millions of dollars in losses, and when he no longer had an employer to defraud, he applied for and received thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits to which he was not entitled.

“Garson’s fraud scheme was multifaceted and manipulative, and he has now admitted to greedily exploiting his employers’ trust to line his own pockets.”

The charges cover the period from 2013 to 2018 when Garson was executive VP at MWWPR and VP at Catalyst PR.