January 18, 2019
Former Amtrak Contracting Officer Sentenced to Prison for Bribery Scheme
On January 18, 2019, Timothy Miller, former lead contract administrator at the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to 12 months and 1 day of incarceration, 36 months’ supervised release, $20,042.78 in forfeiture, and a $100 special assessment fee. Miller pleaded guilty in April 2018 to one count of Federal program bribery for his role in an bribery and kickback scheme involving federally funded Amtrak contracts.
Miller was responsible for procuring equipment and services and managing the Amtrak diesel and locomotive seat cushion vendor accounts. He admitted approving Company 1 as a vendor and seat cushion supplier, and through his efforts, Amtrak awarded Company 1 four federally funded fleet maintenance contracts worth over $7.6 million. In return for steering contracts and providing pricing information to Company 1, Miller received approximately $20,000 and other things of value, including trips to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. To conceal the scheme, Miller and two Company 1 executives created a sham consulting company and submitted invoices to Company 1 for payment.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with Amtrak-OIG, FBI, and IRS-CID.