On February 20, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Adam Micek of Queens, New York, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. According to the indictment, from about April 2016 through July 2018, Micek and others engaged in a scheme to defraud Amtrak and the general public by using unauthorized or stolen credit card account numbers—obtained on the dark web—to make train reservations on Amtrak’s ticketing system. Then they canceled or exchanged the reservations and were issued transferable eVouchers, which they sold online at a discounted rate. Amtrak—which refunded approximately $450,000 in unauthorized purchases to victimized individuals—used FRA grants to upgrade its computer ticketing system, including the eVoucher system.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Department of Homeland Security–Homeland Security Investigations and Amtrak-OIG.