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Amtrak Employee Arrested on Charges of Lying to Federal Agent

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

            WASHINGTON – A five-count indictment, filed in U.S. District Court and unsealed today, charges Maurice Driver, 35, of Gloucester City, New Jersey, with lying to a Federal Agent. The charges were announced today by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Special Agent in Charge Mike Waters of the Amtrak Office of Inspector General Eastern Area Field Office.

            According to the indictment, Driver was employed by Amtrak and was working as a Lead Service Attendant in the café car on an Amtrak train, which departed from Washington, D.C. in the afternoon of January 3, 2024, and ended in Chicago, Illinois, in the morning of January 4, 2024.  While working on that train, Driver met a passenger. Driver spoke and texted with the passenger, and Driver allowed her to use a vacant sleeper car on the train. On January 4, in Chicago, that passenger reported to Amtrak Police that Driver sexually assaulted her in a sleeper car on the train.  Amtrak-OIG then initiated an investigation of the sexual assault allegations.

            As the indictment alleges, on January 5, 2024, during an interview with an Amtrak-OIG Special Agent, Driver made multiple false and misleading statements about his communications and contacts with the passenger. These false and misleading statements included (1) Driver’s falsely denying his personal phone number; (2) Driver falsely denying that he gave the passenger his personal phone number; (3) Driver falsely denying that he texted with the passenger; and (4) Driver falsely denying that he showed the passenger to a sleeper car.

            If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum statutory sentence of five years in prison for the charged offenses of making false statements. The maximum statutory sentence for federal offenses is prescribed by Congress and is provided for informational purposes. If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

            This case is being investigated by the Amtrak Office of the Inspector General’s Eastern Region. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rebecca G. Ross and Brian P. Kelly, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

            An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Updated June 4, 2024

Press Release Number: 24-486