VRT’s McGregor Guilty in Bribery Case

Former Virginia Regional Transit CEO Mark W. McGregor pleaded guilty in federal district court Monday to charges stemming from a bribery scheme that caused $380,000 in losses to the U.S. government.

According to investigators, McGregor, 63, received approximately $190,000 in kickback payments for allowing the owner of a repair shop to submit fraudulent charges.

VRT is a Purcellville-based nonprofit bus service that is funded by a combination of federal, state and local grants.

In December, federal agents executed a search warrant at the VRT office, but did not disclose the nature of the investigation.

Last month, the co-conspirator, Thomas Ahalt, then president of Mobile Auto Truck Repair which provided services to VRT, pleaded guilty to bribery.

Investigators said that between January 2007 and December 2015, Mobile Auto submitted—and McGregor caused to be approved—false invoices for additional weekly labor charges totaling $380,000. Some of the money VRT paid to Mobile Auto was from the Federal Transit Administration. In exchange, McGregor received regular kickback payments from Ahalt and others associated with Mobile Auto equal to half of the additional weekly labor charges.

Ahalt is scheduled to be sentenced on June 2.

McGregor, who resigned his post in February, is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 9.