Pennsylvania Married Couple Charged With SEPTA Bribery


Acting U.S. Attorney Louis D. Lappen announced Friday a man and his wife have been charged with bribery and conspiracy.

Abboud Wali and his wife, Nazik Modawi allegedly made two separate bribe payments to employees at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) from November through December 2016. The purpose of the bribe payments was to expedite their application for a DBE – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise – certification, according to an unsealed federal indictment.


The bribery charge carries a maximum 20-year imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, while the conspiracy charge carries a maximum 5-year imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

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