Construction Management Firm and Owner Charged in Amtrak Bribery and Fraud Scheme
On December 19, 2022, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Attorney filed an information charging Madhura Atitkar and Vega Solutions, Inc. (Vega Solutions), a construction management firm, with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, honest services fraud, Federal program bribery, and False Claims Act offenses; and one count of false claims to the United States. The charges were in connection to the Amtrak 30th Street Station Facade Repair and Restoration Project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, valued at over $87 million and funded mostly through FRA grants. Amtrak awarded approximately $4.2 million in construction management contracts to Vega Solutions to monitor the work performed by the prime contractor for this project.
The information alleges that, from December 2016 until November 2019, Atitkar, the owner and president of Vega Solutions, and other individuals, conspired and agreed to develop schemes to defraud Amtrak and to enrich themselves. The information also alleges that Atitkar and another individual developed and implemented multiple fraudulent billing schemes through which Vega Solutions overcharged Amtrak.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with Amtrak-OIG and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.