Former Amtrak employee sentenced federal prison for wire fraud

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U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans declared that KENYA BUTLER-SMALL had been sentenced on January 5, 2023, for a demeanor alleged to have happened while she was working for Amtrak as an On-board Services Train Attendant.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance mandated that BUTLER-SMALL serve concurrent six-month prison sentences for the two wire count charges to which she had pled guilty. Furthermore, Judge Vance ordered two years’ supervised release after completion of her incarceration, with the initial six months consisting of home confinement and location monitoring; along with a $200 special assessment fee. Lastly, restitution was ordered for the victims.

BUTLER-SMALL employed more than 40 people to join her on a trip from New Orleans to New York City, telling them that Amtrak train tickets were booked and there would also be activities such as shows and museum visits. Ultimately, she received approximately $23,000 to $26,000 but never actually booked the travel or activities. As the date neared, BUTLER-SMALL lied to the victims claiming Amtrak had cancelled because of an assault by one of the passengers involving a bomb threat. However, this was not true.
Additionally, BUTLER-SMALL claimed fraudulent sick benefit with the Railroad Retirement Board, which is a federal agency that delivers benefits to Amtrak employees. Thus this wire fraud case is entitled to federal prison. BUTLER-SMALL misquoted to be too ill to work when, in reality, she was working for another job. The government had paid BUTLER-SMALL a sum of $4,679 as sick benefits for the days falsely claimed to be unfit to work.

The Amtrak Office of Inspector General and the Railroad Retirement Board Office of Inspector General inspected this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chandra Menon handled the prosecution.

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