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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

New Jersey Couple Sentenced For Unsuccessful Bribing Of SEPTA Officials

PHILADELPHIA – Nazik Modawi and Abboud Wali were sentenced to prison for their conspiring to bribe a SEPTA employee. Modawi, who bribed SEPTA employees on two occasions, earned a sentence of one-year imprisonment. Wali, who was involved with one of those bribes, was given a sentence of 6 months’ imprisonment. The Honorable Harvey Bartle III, United States District Judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, remarked that bribing public officials “strikes at the heart of our democracy.”

Modawi and Wali owned and operated companies, called Rides, Inc. and Safe Rides, LLC, that provided transportation services for children and adults with special needs. Modawi and Wali sought a “Disadvantaged Business Enterprise” (DBE) certification from SEPTA in order to obtain various government contracts. To expedite their application, Modawi and Wali gave cash payments to the SEPTA employee.  The total amount of the bribes given to Septa employees were $10,000. The SEPTA employee immediately alerted authorities.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, and SEPTA Office of the Inspector General.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise S. Wolf.


Public Corruption
Updated January 31, 2018