WMATA OIG announces sentencing of two former employees in timekeeping scheme

For immediate release: January 25, 2019

The following news release was issued by the WMATA Office of Inspector General.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Office of Inspector General today announced sentencing of two former employees who were arrested in December in a timekeeping scheme. Narcisse B. Tsaba, 47, of Brandywine, MD, and Jean-Jacques Lontchi, 53, of Woodbridge, VA, admitted to inappropriately receiving pay from both WMATA and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) by claiming to be at one employer while physically reporting to the other.  

Tsaba pleaded guilty today to one count of first-degree misdemeanor fraud. U. S. District Judge Steven Berk sentenced Tsaba to 100 days incarceration (suspended), 36 months probation and ordered restitution to WMATA in the amount of $3712.21 and to Amtrak in the amount of $3,779.80.

Lontchi pleaded guilty on January 16 to one count of first-degree misdemeanor fraud. U. S. District Judge Michael O’Keefe sentenced Lontchi to 100 days incarceration (suspended), 18 months probation, and ordered restitution to Amtrak.

WMATA Inspector General Geoffrey Cherrington today expressed thanks to the agencies involved in investigating and prosecuting the case, including the Office of Inspector General for Amtrak, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, as well as the investigative staff within WMATA-OIG.