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Former Employee of Major Engineering/Construction Firm Contracting with a DOT Grantee is Ordered to Pay $73,000 for Embezzlement

On April 7, Cynthia Ransom, former office manager for the New Jersey office of Parsons Transportation Group, Inc. (PTG), was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Newark, NJ to pay $70,000 in restitutions and $3,000 in fines for embezzling Federal grant program monies. PTG holds contracts with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), a FHWA grantee. Ransom admitted that, from January 2000 through August 2003, she embezzled $70,000 by creating bogus petty cash receipts for photographic film and related supplies which supported invoices submitted to the NJ-DOT under PTG contracts for inspection of bridges and tunnels. PTG has reimbursed NJ-DOT for all embezzled funds. The investigation was conducted jointly with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.