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FHWA Assistant Division Administrator Arrested and Charged with False Statements and Mail Fraud

On July 23, 2014, Lawrence F. Cullari, Jr., the Assistant Division Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), New Jersey Division, was arrested in his FHWA office and charged in U.S. District Court, Newark, New Jersey, with making false statements and mail fraud. 

According to the criminal complaint, Cullari, Jr. is accused of using a straw company to obtain FHWA grant funds, which he oversaw as a public official. The funds were part of federal research grants awarded to the Rutgers University Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Cullari, Jr. is also accused of falsifying federal financial disclosure documents by hiding his outside employment and interests.

We are conducting this investigation with criminal investigators from the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Note:  Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.