Ex-Am­trak su­per­vi­sor pleads guilty in over­time fraud scheme

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

NE­WARK >> A for­mer Am­trak su­per­vi­sor ad­mits he over­billed the com­pany for over­time and reg­u­lar hours that he claimed to be work­ing when he re­ally wasn’t at Am­trak work sites.

Fed­eral prose­cu­tors say Richard Vo­gel pleaded guilty Wed­nes­day to a com­plaint charg­ing him with con­vert­ing to his own use fed­eral gov­ern­ment funds. The 64-year-old Edi­son res­i­dent faces up to a year in prison when he’s sen­tenced May 22 and also must pay $71,946 in resti­tu­tion.

Vo­gel worked for Am­trak for 39 years be­fore he re­tired last July. He had su­per­vised about 35 em­ploy­ees in Am­trak’s New York divi­sion.

Prose­cu­tors say that be­tween Novem­ber 2015 and June 2016, Vo­gel fraud­u­lently billed Am­trak for nearly 686 hours of over­time hours and 41 reg­u­lar hours he didn’t work.

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