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FTA Debars Co-Owners of New York-based Construction Company

Effective April 2, 2018, FTA instituted 3-year debarments against Sailaji Chitta and Jagannathan Kuttambakkam, co-owners, Providence Construction. The debarments resulted from Chitta and Kuttambakkam’s allegedly improper payments to Talib Lokhandwala, a former senior director of the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA). Lokhandwala pleaded guilty in October 2017 to using his position to solicit and receive bribes from contractors seeking to do business with NYCTA. He admitted to receiving tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from Providence Construction between 2009 and 2014. In exchange, he provided favors, such as resources, information, and expedited services, to make Providence Construction’s NYCTA contracts more successful and profitable. FTA annually awards millions of dollars of grant funds to MTA and its subsidiary, NYCTA, for construction projects.

DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with MTA-OIG.

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.