Former AMTRAK Employee Sentenced in Major Fleet Card Case

On November 12, 2009, Glen F. Hunter was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, MD, to three years probation with a special condition that Hunter continues to reside in a half-way house for an additional 10 months. Additionally, Hunter was ordered to pay $17,000 in restitution. 

On August 25, 2009, Hunter pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting, theft of government property (18 USC 641 and 2) for his role in assisting Richard B. Eldreth in obtaining stolen GSA Voyager Fleet Credit Cards (VFCC’s).  From June 2008 through September 2008, Eldreth made approximately $57,424.70 in unauthorized fuel purchases.  Previously, Eldreth pled guilty in this matter and is awaiting sentencing. 

This investigation was initiated based upon information received through a proactive fleet investigation by GSA OIG’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, which showed possible fraudulent purchases being made with the VFCC assigned to a vehicle in use by the AMTRAK Automotive Group, Region 3.  A review of pertinent data confirmed the suspected misuse of multiple AMTRAK-assigned VFCC's in the Elkton, MD, area.  From late June 2008 through September 2008, at least eight AMTRAK-assigned VFCC's showed multiple same-day transactions for amounts of fuel which exceeded the vehicles' tank capacities.

Several video surveillances in the Elkton, MD area captured Richard Eldreth using multiple VFCC's to fill several vehicles and large containers with fuel.  On September 9, 2008, three of the stolen VFCC’s were found during a search warrant at Eldreth’s residence and Eldreth was arrested.  The total amount of the unauthorized transactions made with the eight VFCC’s is approximately $83,000.

Hunter is a former AMTRAK employee who was arrested by Special Agents from GSA OIG’s Philadelphia Office in February 2007 for his involvement in a separate theft of multiple VFCC’s and their subsequent misuse.  Hunter pled guilty, was sentenced to six months incarceration, and was fired by AMTRAK.