November 30, 2018
Chicago Area PACE Transit Manager Sentenced to Prison for Receiving Kickbacks
On November 30, 2018, Rajinder Sachdeva was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Chicago, Illinois, to 1 year and 1 day of incarceration, 1 year of supervised release, and $292,708 in restitution. Sachdeva pleaded guilty on April 27, 2018, to corruptly soliciting and accepting gratuities and kickbacks as a department manager at PACE suburban bus service, a division of Chicago’s Regional Transit Administration (RTA).
The investigation revealed that between 2010 and 2015, Sachdeva demanded and accepted kickbacks and gratuities in return for hiring and continuing to employ IT contractors at PACE. He concealed the payments by obtaining the money either through a company in which his wife possessed an interest or directly from the IT contractors. He told a cooperating witness that he wanted his share for placing people at PACE and using his influence to obtain employment for the contractors. He also directed a former PACE employee and current contractor to use a false name to submit invoices for IT work to his wife’s company.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the FBI.