The SEC charged Silicon Valley-based software companySaba Software, and two former Saba executives Patrick Farrell and Sajeev Menon, with accounting fraud involving falsified timesheets to hit quarterly financial targets. An SEC investigation found that Farrell and Menon were atop a scheme at Saba in which managers based in the US directed consultants in India to either falsely record time they had not yet worked, or purposely fail to record hours worked during certain pay periods to conceal budget overruns from management and finance divisions. This enabled Saba to achieve its quarterly revenue and margin targets by improperly accelerating and misstating virtually all its professional services revenue. Saba agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle the SEC’s charges. SEC
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