October 20, 2020
Former FHWA Division Administrator Sentenced for Federal Health Care Fraud
On October 20, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia sentenced Edward Stephen to 24 months’ probation, with the first 6 months confined to home detention; a $10,000 fine; and $108,411.59 in restitution. On June 10, 2020, Stephen pleaded guilty to one count of Federal health care fraud. The investigation revealed that from 2005 until 2017, while working for FHWA, he fraudulently enrolled extended family members in his Federal health care plan. Specifically, Stephen said his sister was his wife and his niece was his stepchild so that they would obtain Federal health care coverage they were not entitled to receive.
DOT-OIG and the Office of Personnel Management OIG conducted this investigation.