April 27, 2018
Former Chicago Transit Manager Pleads Guilty To Receiving Kickbacks
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.