Edison Amtrak worker pleads guilty to over billing rail company

EDISON – A 64-year-old township man, who formerly worked as an Amtrak supervisor, has pleaded guilty to fraudulently over billing the rail company for overtime and regular hours.

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U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said Richard Vogel pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark to converting federal government funds to his own use in connection with claiming to be working while Vogel was not present at Amtrak work sites.

According to court documents and statements, Vogel worked for Amtrak from January 1977 until July 2016 when he retired. Vogel supervised about 35 employees in work gangs on the construction signals side of the Communications and Signals Department, New York Division.

Between November 2015 and June 2016 Vogel billed Amtrak for 41 regular hours and 685.75 overtime hours when he was not present at Amtrak work sites, a loss that cost Amtrak $71,000.

With the plea Vogel faces a maximum one year in prison and fines up to $250,000 when he is sentenced on May 22. The plea agreement requires Vogel to make full restitution for $71,946 in losses to Amtrak