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Eight LIRR conductors caught pocketing tickets: investigators

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Eight extra Long Island Rail Road conductors have been caught pocketing prepare tickets after an MTA inspector normal probe led to the arrest of certainly one of their colleagues, officers mentioned Thursday.

IG and Suffolk County investigators witnessed the eight conductors neglect to punch clients’ tickets or submit these tickets to the LIRR — however didn’t catch them making an attempt to reuse the pocketed passes, based on a report launched Thursday.

They have been busted after investigators first probed Robert Anderson, 61, of West Islip — and caught him holding onto tickets as a substitute of punching them whereas on obligation. He pleaded responsible July 28 to misdemeanor official misconduct.

The eight different conductors don’t face felony costs.

“While the OIG did not find that the Conductors took these tickets for personal gain as Anderson did,” the report mentioned, “the OIG found that the Conductors violated agency policy designed to protect the agency’s revenue and employees from allegations of fraud.”

The conductors have anyplace from 4 to 23 years with the railroad, the report mentioned.

Confronted by investigators, the eight staff “could not explain why they handed some tickets into the agency and while throwing out others,” the IG’s workplace mentioned. “The Conductors denied keeping customer tickets for personal gain.”

A general view of the interior of a LIRR commuter train as seen at Penn Station in New York, NY on August 6, 2020.
An MTA official mentioned the group have all been issued official warning letters.
Christopher Sadowski

IG Carolyn Pokorny really helpful the eight staff be “disciplined as the LIRR deems appropriate.”

An MTA official mentioned the group have all been issued official warning letters of their personnel recordsdata, which might result in additional penalties down the road.

“The LIRR expects the highest performance from its train crew members and these conductors have been re-instructed about proper ticket collection procedures,” MTA spokesman Mike Cortez mentioned in a press release. “Their actions do not represent the high levels of adherence to procedures of the vast majority of the LIRR’s hardworking employees.”

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