April 13, 2022
Former New York MTA Signal Inspector Indicted for Falsifying Inspection Report at Site of Long Island Rail Road Derailment
On April 13, 2022, a grand jury in the Eastern District of New York indicted Stuart Conklin, a former signal inspector for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), for knowingly making a false entry on a rail inspection report. The indictment alleges that on or about April 26, 2019, Conklin represented on a required form that a rail bond inspection had been completed even though one had not been performed. The investigation arose from a 2019 LIRR train collision and derailment. LIRR determined that the collision was caused by signal failure due to a broken rail bond.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with MTA-OIG and the MTA Police Department.
Note: Indictments, informations, and complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.