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Former Chicago PACE Transit Manager Indicted for Fraud

On July 16, 2015, Rajinder Sachdeva was indicted in U.S. District Court, Chicago, Illinois, on five counts of theft. Sachdeva is a former Department Manager at PACE suburban bus service, a division of Chicago's Regional Transit Administration.

Between 2010 to 2014, Sachdeva accepted over $280,000 in kickbacks and gratuities in exchange for the influence he exerted in placing certain information technology (IT) contractors at PACE. Sachdeva allegedly concealed the payments he received either by obtaining the money through a company his wife possessed an interest in, or by receiving those payments directly from the IT contractors.

Sachdeva allegedly told a cooperating witness that he wanted his share for placing people at PACE and that, through his influence, he was obtaining employment for those IT contractors. Additionally, Sachdeva directed a former PACE employee and current contractor at PACE to submit invoices for PACE IT work to Sachdeva's wife's company by using a false name.

We are conducting this investigation jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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