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Former New York City Transit Authority Director Debarred by FTA

On May 30, 2018, Talib Lokhandwala, former senior director, New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA), was debarred by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for 3 years. The debarment is connected to Lokhandwala’s conviction on Federal bribery charges. 

On October 3, 2017, Lokhandwala pleaded guilty to bribery charges related to his role in soliciting and accepting payments from two contractors scheduled to work on federally funded NYCTA subway station projects. Lokhandwala and his wife created a consulting company named Bhavna Associates for the sole purpose of receiving and disguising these payments. He admitted that between March 2009 and May 2015, he received a total of $152,420 in checks from several contractors in exchange for favorable treatment. He was the construction manager assigned to their projects and helped the contractors expedite work orders and engineer’s drawings, submit bid packages, and facilitate any issues that arose.

DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority OIG.

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