On March 26, 2019, Syed Haider, former president of Haider Engineering, PC, pleaded guilty to corrupting the Government in the fourth degree. The Supreme Court of the State of New York sentenced him to a 3-year conditional discharge and $375 in court costs.
On April 18, 2018, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (DANY) announced the indictments of Haider and Haider Engineering, PC, among others, in a wide-scale investigation into corruption and fraud connected to DOT-funded projects. Specifically, the investigation examined the Kosciuszko Bridge Reconstruction Project funded by the Federal Highway Administration and various subway projects funded by the Federal Transit Administration through the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The defendants were charged with bribery of a public official; fraud related to Disadvantaged, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Enterprise programs; and making illegal campaign contributions.
DOT-OIG investigated this case with DANY’s Construction Fraud Task Force.