September 26, 2021

Deloitte Consultant Not Charged In the Death of a Pittsburgh Man Following an Altercation In Hawaii

[Updated on April 2 with additional information.]

A consultant with Deloitte was released from jail and not charged with a crime following an altercation that turned deadly between roommates at a vacation rental complex in Hawaii earlier this week.

Benjamin Fleming, 37, of Pittsburgh was charged with manslaughter on March 30 in the death of 30-year-old Abhishek Gupta of Pittsburgh, according to the Hawaii Police Department. Gupta died of strangulation, and authorities are treating his death as a homicide. Fleming made his first court appearance on March 31.

According to a media release by the Hawaii Police Department, police received a call at 2:09 a.m. on March 29 for a man who was unresponsive and not breathing at the vacation rental home in Kailua-Kona. At the scene, fire department personnel performed CPR on Gupta but were unsuccessful. It was later determined that a physical confrontation had occurred between roommates at the rental complex.

Fleming and Alexander Germany-Wald, 31, of Boston, who according to his now-deleted LinkedIn profile is a senior consultant with Deloitte, were taken into custody on suspicion of manslaughter.

But according to police, Germany-Wald was not charged with manslaughter and was released from police custody on March 30. Fleming, though, was charged with manslaughter.

Hawaii News Now reported on March 29 that in a 911 dispatch call, an emergency responder said: “CPR is in progress. Per the reporting party who is patient’s friend, patient went unconscious and was drinking alcohol.” It has been reported that Fleming called 911 after the altercation.

911 dispatch call reveals more information about deadly incident at a Kona vacation rental [Hawaii News Now]

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      1. To agree with Marilyn, you were late on the news. Maybe do a little more thorough research before you publish in the future and get accurate facts.

  1. At the time you published this report, it was reported that Alexander Germany-Wald was already released and all charges against him were dropped. Get your facts straight before you perpetuate news that is old and could destroy a man’s life. How about a nice big retraction now?

    1. Oh Marilyn, such outrage! Don’t you worry, we updated the article to say he wasn’t charged. The fact remains he was arrested. So despite what you think, everything we’ve reported has been factual.

  2. Why is there so much personal detail about the person who was released with no charges in this article?

    1. Yes, Alexander was not charged with any crime. His work history has no place in an article like this. You’ve written the headline and included a mugshot as if you are intending to mislead your readers for clicks.

    2. Well Wilkins, you usually complain about lack of detail. Can’t have it both ways, sport.

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