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New York Individual Sentenced in Amtrak Ticketing Fraud Scheme

On June 2 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York convicted and sentenced Lamont Brown to time served, $97,207 in restitution, 250 hours of community service, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 court assessment. On October 10, 2019, Brown pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. According to the indictment, between approximately April 2016 and July 2018, Brown and others engaged in a scheme to defraud Amtrak and the general public by using unauthorized or stolen credit card account numbers to make train reservations on Amtrak’s ticketing system. They then canceled or exchanged the reservations for transferable eVouchers, which they sold online at a discounted rate.
 
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Department of Homeland Security–Homeland Security Investigations and Amtrak-OIG.