On April 27, Rajinder Sachdeva pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Chicago, Illinois, to corruptly soliciting and accepting gratuities and kickbacks. Sachdeva was a department manager at PACE suburban bus service, a division of Chicago’s Regional Transit Administration.
Between 2010 and 2015, Sachdeva demanded and accepted kickbacks and gratuities from IT contractors, as a reward for hiring and continuing to employ them at PACE. Sachdeva concealed the payments by obtaining the money either through a company in which his wife possessed an interest or directly from the IT contractors. Sachdeva 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 employee and a current contractor at PACE to submit invoices for IT work to Sachdeva’s wife’s company, using a false name.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the FBI.