Jaguars’ Employee Who Stole $22M Needed Money To Pay Gambling Debt: Lawyer

Jacksonville Jaguars place kicker Riley Patterson (10) kicks the game-winning field goal against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, in Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville Jaguars won 31-30. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • The former Jacksonville Jaguars employee who is accused of stealing a little over $22 million from the organization did so to pay back previous gambling losses, according to the man’s lawyer.
  • Amit Patel, who worked for the team from 2019 to 2023, has been charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of illegal monetary transaction after exploiting the Jaguars’ virtual credit card program.
  • Patel’s attorney, Alex King, shared in a statement earlier in the week saying his client ” used VCC funds to gamble on Daily Fantasy Sports” on FanDuel and DraftKings and that “approximately 99% of the misappropriated funds” were related to gambling losses, according to ESPN.