Trial Date Set in ONDCP Case

NEW YORK A judge on Friday set a trial date of Sept. 7 in the case of two former Ogilvy & Mather executives accused of fraud while working on the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s anti-drug media campaign.

Thomas Early, a former Ogilvy senior partner and director of finance, and Shona Seifert, a former Ogilvy senior partner and executive group director who is the current president of Omnicom Group’s TBWA\Chiat\Day, are each charged with one count of conspiracy and 10 counts of making false claims and statements. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Early and Seifert appeared today in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where Judge Richard M. Berman set the trail date after lawyers for each defendant requested more time to gather documents.

Early and Seifert will next appear in court on April 12 for a pre-trial conference.

Another ex-Ogilvy executive charged in the investigation, former director of broadcast Peter Chrisanthopoulos, in January pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.