Employee Spotlight: Ralph Vitale

Ralph VitaleFDOT wants to recognize Ralph Vitale, an investigator in the Florida Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General.  Ralph received a report from FDOT Right of Way managers that a former District Five employee may have solicited a bribe from an Orlando business owner.  Ralph and a federal law enforcement partner learned a business owner, whose furniture store was being displaced by an I-4 project, submitted false relocation and storage claims for the business totaling almost a quarter million dollars.  In return for orchestrating the scheme, the former FDOT employee received more than $30,000 in bribe money.  The former employee and the business owner were both convicted of the fraud in federal court.  In April, the former employee was sentenced to more than three years in prison, restitution of $242,000 and payment of an additional $30,000 as a civil forfeiture.  FDOT managers saw they had an issue, they called their Office of Inspector General, and in the end, the case was solved protecting public’s money and the public’s trust!