September 15, 2020
Former Amtrak Project Manager Charged With Wire Fraud
On September 15, 2020, a grand jury in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania indicted Ajith Bhaskaran on multiple counts of wire fraud.
The indictment alleges that from March 2010 to November 2019, while working as a project manager at Amtrak, Bhaskaran devised a scheme to defraud and obtain money from the Social Security Administration (SSA). He fraudulently converted to his own use $252,604 in electronically deposited SSA benefit payments that he knew he was not entitled to receive.
The indictment also alleges that in July 2017, Bhaskaran devised a scheme to defraud his landlord to obtain a lease for a single-family residence. He fraudulently represented that he would live at the residence with an associate and submitted a fraudulent bank statement purporting to be for the associate’s bank account.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Amtrak-OIG, SSA-OIG, and Internal Revenue Service–Criminal Investigation.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.