Former FTA Official Sentenced on Wire Fraud Charges
On March 13, former FTA official Shang Hsiung was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., to serve 6 months home confinement, 3 years probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine for using counterfeit checks and credit cards to obtain escort services while on official travel. Hsuing pleaded guilty on October 26, 2006 to one count of wire fraud. Between January 2001 and March 2006, Hsiung used his government-issued computer during work hours to search the Internet and locate escorts in areas where he was expected to travel while on official government business. He also used his government telephone to contact escort services in various states. Hsiung would pay the escorts with counterfeit checks or credit card numbers he obtained from colleagues at the Department of Transportation and various others. Hsuing resigned from FTA in September 2006. OIG conducted this investigation with the U.S. Secret Service.