February 8, 2021
Former Executive of Delaware Manufacturing Company Sentenced for Amtrak Bribery Scheme
On February 8, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania sentenced John Gonzales, the former executive vice president and chief financial officer at a Delaware-based manufacturing firm, to 20 months' incarceration, 12 months' supervised release, and a special assessment of $100. In February 2019, Gonzales pleaded guilty to Federal program bribery and aiding and abetting a scheme to provide an Amtrak official with cash and vacations—including approximately $20,000 and trips to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, in exchange for lucrative Federal contracts. The investigation revealed that from 2015 through 2017, Gonzales and another executive at the firm bribed Timothy Miller, a former lead contract administrator at Amtrak, in order to receive Amtrak contracts in excess of $7.6 million—funded in part by the Federal Railroad Administration.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with Amtrak-OIG, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Internal Revenue Service–Criminal Investigation Division.