September 17, 2018
Maryland Company Vice President Indicted for Attempting To Bribe WMATA Official
On September 4, 2018, Hardutt Singh, vice president of Potomac Construction Company (PCCI), Hyattsville, Maryland, was indicted in District Court, Prince George’s County, Maryland, for attempting to bribe an official at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
In recent years, WMATA has awarded more than $260 million in contracts to PCCI, which has frequently failed to meet required DBE contract participation rates. In 2013, WMATA awarded PCCI contract #FQ9194 (Yard One). PCCI reached a 17.7-percent DBE participation rate on Yard One, well short of the required 27-percent participation rate. The indictment alleges that Singh tried to bribe and influence a WMATA official, who managed the DBE department.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the FBI and WMATA-OIG.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.