NEW ORLEANS, (BRPROUD) – U.S Department of Justice District Court Judge for Eastern District of Louisiana Attorney Duane A. Evans announces that Kenya Butler-Small is charged with two counts of wire that occurred when she was an employee at Amtrak as an On-board Services Train Attendant.
She faces 20 years of imprisonment for each wire fraud; up to three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
According to court documents, Butler-Small profited $23,000 to $26,000 when she falsely recruited more than 40 victims to purchase spots on Amtrak— for a June 2019 roundtrip from New Orleans to New York City that would also include activities.
When the trip date approached Butler-Small falsely reported to victims that Amtrak canceled the trip— due to an incident with one of the trip passengers who assaulted an Amtrak employee and made a bomb threat.
Plea documents also alleges that during Butler-Small’s employment with Amtrak—she submitted fraudulent sick benefit claims to the Railroad Retirement Board: which caused the government to pay her $4,679 in sick benefits for days she falsely claimed to have been unable to work.