Former General Manager of Virginia Transit Agency Pleads Guilty to Theft of FTA Grant Funds
On June 1, 2012, David Morgan, former general manager of Valley Metro Transit, pled guilty to theft of government funds in U.S. District Court, Roanoke, Virginia.
Between July 1, 2007, and June 20, 2008, Mr. Morgan admitted to utilizing Valley Metro Transit credit cards to make inappropriate purchases which were paid for, in part, with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) operating grant funds. $80,000 in grant funds were awarded to Valley Metro in 2006 from the FTA to replace furniture at the company's downtown Roanoke administration building, however Mr. Morgan used the grant funds to purchase meals, alcohol, golf fees, cigars, and gift cards totaling more than $14,000. At sentencing, Mr. Morgan faces a maximum possible penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000.
This was a joint investigation with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Virginia State Police, and the City of Roanoke Police Department.