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.

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  • 2016-05-16 at 4:26 pm

    With the perks McGregor had along with his 150K yearly package you’d think he was smarter than that. This is a prime example of what happens when you get in to bed with a vendor who was a friend. Ahalt always said he “had dirt on McGregor and if he (Ahalt) went down he would take McGregor with him”. This was common knowledge to the employees at VRT over the years.
    VRT should accept the resignation of the present Board of Directors and start with a completely new Board and then clean house with a new CEO and CFO or go under the guidance of VDRPT. The Board had wind of this a year ago but there was no concrete proof. Just innuendos and hearsay.
    Simms was groomed by McGregor????? Hope he learned what not to do.

    • 2016-09-13 at 2:27 pm

      You know jedgar, for someone hiding behind a pseudo name, you either think you know more than you do, or you are behind some of this set up. I pray for you every time I see your posts because for you to be so obsessed with someone, you are in great pain. My husband is a good man who did nothing but be a good man. Someone had to be a scapegoat. What was your part? How can you quote things he said unless you were there? He worked hard to build a company from bankruptcy to what it became. But you know this already, right? I respect my husband more now than ever. He did what he had to do to protect those he loved. But again, you know that, right? Sleep well and know that you will be held accountable someday for your actions. This is not the first time in history that someone suffered for others. God has a bigger plan for my husband, Mark!

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