December 15, 2017
FTA Debars Former County Transportation Supervisor
On December 8, 2017, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) debarred William Popkave, former transportation supervisor for the Rockland County, New York, Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), from Federal contracting for a period of 3 years.
On January 24, 2017, Popkave pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, White Plains, New York, to a five-count felony information. He was charged with honest services mail fraud conspiracy, theft and bribery concerning Federal funds, and obstruction of justice. Popkave was responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Rockland BOCES bus fleet. Beginning in or about 2009, he was instrumental in causing Rockland BOCES to utilize Brega D.O.T. Maintenance Corp. (Brega DOT) to service and maintain its bus fleet, including preventative maintenance required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Thereafter, Popkave began sending personal vehicles, including those belonging to friends and family, to Brega DOT for maintenance, knowing that he would not be required to pay for such services. These “free” services amounted to as much as $47,000. Popkave also conspired with the owner of Brega DOT to create bogus invoices to make it appear that Rockland BOCES buses received preventive maintenance services from Brega DOT, when in fact they had not.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Note: Exclusion actions (suspensions and debarments) are frequently for a specific period of time, and the System for Award Management (Sam.gov) should be consulted to find out whether a company is currently excluded.