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Amtrak Supervisor Admits Overbilling Fraud

February 15, 2017  |  Investigations Press Release

NEWARK, N.J. – A former Amtrak supervisor today admitted fraudulently overbilling Amtrak overtime and regular hours that he claimed to be working when he was actually not present at Amtrak work sites, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Richard Vogel, 64, of Edison, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court to an information charging him with converting to his own use
federal government funds.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Vogel, who had been employed by Amtrak since January 1977 until he retired in July 2016, supervised approximately 35 employees in work gangs on the Construction Signals side of the Communications and Signals Department, New York Division. Between November 2015 and June 2016, Vogel fraudulently billed Amtrak for 41 regular hours and 685.75 overtime hours when he was not actually present at Amtrak work sites, resulting in a loss to Amtrak of more than $71,000.

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