Former Metro official sentenced in $1.3 million contract-rigging scheme

Metro’s former senior program manager has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after nearly a decade of manipulating the agency’s contract process to the tune of $1.3 million.

Officials said 61-year-old Scottie Borders, of Arlington, Virginia, will pay over $430,000 in restitution and spend two additional years under supervised release after he spent more than nine years skewing the agency’s contract selection process.

In exchange for engaging in this conspiracy, officials said Borders was provided with “items of value, including NFL tickets, by individuals affiliated with the company.”

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in September 2022.

During his time spent as a senior program manager, Borders said he was responsible for selecting, awarding and administrating contracts with the transit agency’s slate of vendors, contractors and suppliers.

A release from the Justice Department said he and others approved an agreement with an unidentified company in Millville, New Jersey, from January 2011 through September 2020.

During that time, Borders is accused of making false statements to Metro about the nature of the contracts, bids and purchase agreements. This included false price quotes, additional item submissions on behalf of the business and bids for contacts with the agency.

The New Jersey safety company — which makes safety items, such as bus stops and decals, was ultimately paid for their contracts with Metro.

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Ivy Lyons

Ivy Lyons is a digital journalist for Since 2018, they have worked on Capitol Hill, at NBC News in Washington, and with WJLA in Washington.

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