SEPTA Maintenance Facilities under investigation for Embezzlement

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SEPTA Maintenance Facilities under investigation for Embezzlement

Post by mcgrath618 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:51 pm

The FBI and SEPTA’s inspector general are investigating a multi-year embezzlement scheme that may have cost the agency big bucks, PlanPhilly has learned.

Fran Kelly, SEPTA’s assistant general manager, said the agency “cannot confirm or deny that there’s any ongoing investigation.”

But sources said that FBI agents had visited the agency’s Woodland Avenue building earlier this month. And other sources described the nature of the investigation to PlanPhilly.

The scheme allegedly involved a string of the transit agency’s facility managers who colluded with outside vendors to fabricate fraudulent supply and repair invoices. The invoices were paid, using SEPTA office credit cards, but the requested services or merchandise were never fulfilled.

Managers and vendors are said to have are said to have pocketed the leftover proceeds. In other instances, unneeded tools or equipment were ordered and then allegedly stolen by the involved parties.

Douglas Edwards, a secretary-treasurer with the Teamsters Local 500, which represents certain SEPTA employees, said he had heard rumors about the investigation. He emphasized that federal agents haven’t contacted any Local 500 members.

“But there are a lot of rumors if there isn’t anything going on,” he said.

Joe Coccio, secretary-treasurer with the Transit Workers Union Local 234, which represents most of SEPTA’s drivers and other blue-collar employees, also said he had heard “rumors” of the investigation. He similarly said the inquest did not involve any Local 234 members.

“Since none of the people involved or implicated are our members, at this time we don’t have any more information,” Coccio said.

It is not immediately clear how much money or equipment the alleged embezzlement could cost the agency, which has an $1.49 billion operating budget and a $675 million capital budget.
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Re: SEPTA Maintenance Facilities under investigation for Embezzlement

Post by NorthPennLimited » Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:24 pm

“We can neither confirm nor deny......”

That’s the best your top media relations guy can say about a federal embezzlement investigation? Why am I not surprised?

I wonder if Fran Kelly is getting along better with the neighbors in Wildwood.

https://www.fox29.com/news/update-on-se ... e-neighbor

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Re: SEPTA Maintenance Facilities under investigation for Embezzlement

Post by Nasadowsk » Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:27 pm

NorthPennLimited wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:24 pm
“We can neither confirm nor deny......”

That’s the best your top media relations guy can say about a federal embezzlement investigation? Why am I not surprised?
To be fair, the feds might have told SEPTA to be quiet. Admitting there's an investigation could affect the outcome...

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Re: SEPTA Maintenance Facilities under investigation for Embezzlement

Post by rcthompson04 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:04 pm

Nasadowsk wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:27 pm
NorthPennLimited wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:24 pm
“We can neither confirm nor deny......”

That’s the best your top media relations guy can say about a federal embezzlement investigation? Why am I not surprised?
To be fair, the feds might have told SEPTA to be quiet. Admitting there's an investigation could affect the outcome...
Yes. SEPTA’s response is a canned response that any PR department should give.

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