A felony investigation has been launched in connection to gifts accepted by two Amtrak workers — together with drinks and “entertainment” at a strip club — from a building contractor who acquired a $58 million contract from the company, The Post has realized.
The probe was confirmed by Amtrak’s Office of Inspector General in response to a data request concerning the gifts accepted by an Amtrak administration official and an inspector.
“Any responsive records are currently part of an open and pending criminal investigation,” an lawyer for the Amtrak watchdog wrote in denying The Post entry to the paperwork.
“Premature release could afford a virtual roadmap through the government’s evidence … which would provide critical insights into its legal thinking and strategy and could jeopardize the proceedings by more fully revealing the scope and nature of the government’s case,” the lawyer added.
In a publicly filed memo in March, Amtrak’s OIG stated an unnamed Amtrak inspector and administration official had been fired earlier this year for accepting the gifts from the contractor.
“The management official received gifts from the contractor, including
three trips to Philadelphia, and drinks and entertainment at a gentleman’s club,” the memo states.
The inspector accepted gifts, together with a furnace for his church, a go well with, and a pair of footwear, from the development official, who acquired a $58 million contract from Amtrak, it provides.
Amtrak, a for-profit rail company, receives federal and native subsidies and is topic to oversight by its inspector basic.
The OIG has investigative and audit resources designed, partly, to sniff out fraud, waste and abuse within the company, according to its website.
A spokesperson for Amtrak and a DOJ official didn’t instantly reply to request for remark.
A rep for the US Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia stated she couldn’t affirm or deny the existence of an investigation.