Office of Quality Compliance & Review
Fraud Awareness Presentation
The Division of Highways, the Office of Quality Compliance and Review, and the USDOT OIG will present
USA v. Shah Engineering, Inc - Criminal Case Study
including information regarding transportation fraud, millions of dollars of restitution, fines, accounts by the USDOT Inspector General, IDOT’s Financial Review and Investigations Section and the FBI.
A $10+ million settlement, false invoices, altered time cards, guilty plea, fictitious companies, USDOT OIG, FBI, United States Attorney’s Office – These are just some of the things you will see and hear discussed at the October 6, 2010 Fraud Awareness Presentation.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Illinois Department of Transportation, Central Office
Harry Hanley Building Auditorium,
2300 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62764
Click here to view the live video stream of the program.
Stream will be available at 9:30 a.m. the day of the program.
Video Simulcast locations
District 1 Office Video Conference Room
District 2 Office Video Conference Room
District 4 Office Video Conference Room
District 5 Office Video Conference Room
District 7 Office Video Conference Room
District 8 Office Video Conference Room
Secretary Hannig, Director Reed, and Director Kennelly will welcome everyone
to the fraud awareness presentation. Immediately following introductions of our honored guests,
USDOT Special Agent Todd Kath, IDOT’s Audit Supervisor Gene Gansz, and Chief Financial Review
Officer Ron McKechan will present a transportation related fraud case known as the Shah Engineering
Criminal Case. The case was originally uncovered by the IDOT Audit Section (currently the OQCR
Financial Review and Investigations Section). The in-depth investigation was performed by the USDOT
and the FBI, while the IDOT Financial Review and Investigations Section conducted a forensic financial review.
Assistance was also provided by the IDOT Chief Counsel’s Office. Charges were prepared and filed by the United
States Attorney’s Office. As a result of this team effort and very strong case, Shah Engineering Inc. pled
guilty to various criminal charges and the 73 year old owner was sentenced to over 41 months in prison.
In addition, the owner and the company were debarred from doing state and federal business and ordered to pay
over $10 million in restitution along with a $500,000 fine. The honored guests for the day will include the United
States Attorney for Central District of Illinois James A. Lewis, Assistant United States Attorney Patrick D. Hansen
(the prosecutor in the case), USDOT OIG Special Agent in Charge of the Midwest Division Michelle McVicker, Executive
Inspector General for the agencies of the Illinois Governor Ricardo Meza, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge of
the Springfield FBI Office S/A Emmerson Buie.
Registration and Continuing Education Credit are available
Continuing education credits will be available for those who register through IDOT’s LMS (formerly EIS)
database as long as the employee either attends the presentation at the Harry Hanley Building Auditorium or views the
presentation at either a video conference room or on their computer. Once supervisory approval is granted, employees should
contact their LMS coordinator in order to register. The LMS Course number is 10476 and Class is 23343.
All others please
register by emailing
Dot.OQCR@illinois.gov or call 217-558-4617 with the following information:
City___________ State__ Zip______
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Responsibilities of Agencies, Directors and Employees
Reporting of Information
Every state officer or employee in an Agency shall report promptly
to the Inspector General any information concerning waste,
corruption, fraud, conflicts of interest or abuse by another state
officer, employee or vendor relating to his or her employment. The
knowing failure of any officer or employee to so report shall be
cause for discipline, up to and including discharge. The knowing
provision of false information to the Inspector General by any
officer or employee shall be cause for discipline, up to and
including discharge. Any officer or employee who in good faith acts
pursuant to this paragraph by reporting to the Inspector General
improper governmental action shall not be subject to dismissal,
discipline or other adverse personnel action.
Duty to Cooperate
Each Agency and every officer and employee, shall cooperate with,
and provide assistance to, the Inspector General and her or his
staff in the performance of any investigation. In particular, each
Agency shall make its premises, equipment, personnel, books,
records, and papers readily available to the Inspector General. The
Inspector General or his/her staff may enter upon the premises of
any Agency at any time, without prior announcement, if necessary to
the successful completion of an investigation. In the course of an
investigation, the Inspector General may question any officer or
employee serving in, and any other person transacting business with,
the Agency, and may inspect and copy any books, records, or papers
in the possession of the Agency, including those made confidential
by law, taking care to preserve the confidentiality of information
contained in responses to questions or books, records, or papers
that is made confidential by law.
The Inspector General may compel any employee in an Agency to
truthfully answer questions concerning any matter related to the
performance of his or her official duties. If so compelled, no
statement or other evidence derived therefrom may be used against
such employee in any subsequent criminal prosecution other than for
perjury or contempt arising from such testimony. The refusal of any
employee to answer questions if compelled to do so shall be cause
for discipline, up to and including discharge.
Protection from Retaliation
No officer, employee or appointee in any Agency shall retaliate
against, punish, or penalize any person for complaining to,
cooperating with, or assisting the Inspector General in the
performance of her or his duties. Any officer, employee or appointee
who violates this provision shall be subject to disciplinary action,
up to and including discharge.