Retired Amtrak Supervisor Admits He Accepted Gratuities From Amtrak Vendor

Date Published: 
December 21, 2016
News Type: 
Press Releases
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Community Planning and Development

TRENTON, N.J. – A former supervisor at Amtrak in Essex County, New Jersey, today admitted soliciting and accepting more than $7,000 worth of items for his personal use from a vendor as a reward for spending more than $185,000 with the vendor in his capacity as an Amtrak Building and Bridges Supervisor, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Louis Moschitti, 68, of Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of corruptly soliciting things of value with the intent to be rewarded in connection with transactions of Amtrak—a federally funded organization.

According to documents filed and statements made in court:

From April 2010 to July 2013, Moschitti, a building and bridges supervisor, used his Amtrak Procurement Charge Card to make more than $185,000 in purchases from Bayway Lumber, a Linden, New Jersey, company that sold commercial and industrial products. He received items worth more than $7,000 intended as a reward for his official purchases. These included a Panasonic television, a Nikon camera, Michelin tires, and an Onkyo sound system.  Moschitti retired from Amtrak in August 2014. Robert Dattilo, a part owner of Bayway Lumber, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with this and other fraudulent activity and was sentenced by Judge Sheridan on July 15, 2016 to four years in prison...