Wait, Does This Have Something To Do With Why Metro Fares Keep Increasing?

Photo by PoPville flickr user sciascia

From a WMATA press release:

Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles today ordered several immediate actions today following the arrest of two Metro employees for alleged theft of revenue in connection with their jobs at the Authority.

The employees – Metro Transit Police Officer John Vincent Haile, 54, of Woodbridge, and Revenue Technician Horace Dexter McDade, 58, of Bowie, Md. — were arrested by Metro Transit Police (MTPD) and charged with conspiring to commit theft from programs receiving Federal funds.

An investigation was initiated in October 2011, when financial irregularities were brought to the attention of Metro’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). The investigation was conducted jointly by MTPD, Metro OIG, the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Police and the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Alexandria.

Revenue technician McDade had responsibilities for collecting revenue at Metrorail stations. Officer Haile worked as part of a specialized team within MTPD assigned to protect revenue collection.

Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles ordered several immediate actions today:

• Officer Haile has been suspended without pay and is in the process of being terminated. Technician McDade also has been suspended.
• The Chief Financial Officer will immediately bring in forensic accountants to conduct a thorough review of control systems and management over revenue systems to fully understand how wrongdoing occurred and to implement tighter detection systems. The review will take place concurrently with ongoing efforts of the Office of Inspector General.
• The supervisor responsible for the revenue facility has been relieved of his duties.
• Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn will conduct a top-to-bottom assessment of all policies and procedures pertaining to MTPD officers assigned to the Revenue Collection Unit – a process that may include reassignment of employees assigned to the Unit as the OIG and internal reviews are conducted.

Sarles expressed his appreciation for the assistance of the FBI, the Alexandria Police Department, the Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Alexandria, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Metro’s Office of Inspector General.

Just saying – a lot of metro fare increases

14 Comment

  • It is shocking, yet unsurprising that Metro left this avenue open for exploitation after the multimillion dollar, years long theft of parking revenue money from the metro parking attendants. You would have thought Metro would have instituated some controls to prevent stuff like this.

    Fear not, as in the past I am sure the Metro Union will go to court to get these two employees reinstated as they did with that metro employee who had stolen thousands of dollars worth of metro equipment found in his home.

    Metro = broken

  • All these guys should be bagged if they are, indeed, guilty. Makes me think about when I made less than $30,000 and commuted from NW DC to College Park. I paid about $50 a week for transit (rail + bus). If I lived in New York, that would be halved.


    • I agree. Total $ from machines should equal total $ deposited. The first time this was out of whack they should have caught them.

  • From what I have read, they discovered this scheme because someone tipped the police on an officer spending a lot of change buying tons of lottery tickets. You would think that the discrepancy in WMATA’s revenue with their cash would have tipped them off. If this is how they care about their money, it is no wonder they are so willing to increase fares.

  • Have no fear, all will get their jobs back with back pay. That’s the Metro way!

  • Probably foster brothers with gambling debts and a grudge against the chief.

  • Interesting that the Metro Transit Police guy is being suspended without pay and is in the process of being terminated, whereas the Metro technician is just being “suspended”… presumably with pay, and without the likelihood of being fired??

  • I love that they bought lottery tickets with the money they stole. They could have bought cars, fancy clothes, travel, but they chose…lottery tickets.

    • It’s a way to launder the money. Imagine trying to buy cars or plane tickets with coins.

      • I was thinking the same – scratch offs will return about 50 cents on the dollar, with no paper trail. You’ll probably piss off the cashier at 7-11 though. Coinstar, on the other hand, will return 90 cents on the dollar, and won’t raise any eyebrows, so I’d think that would be a better method.

        • I think Coinstar machines have ATM-style cameras, so they would be on somebody’s video tape, somewhere if they were regularly depositing large amounts of coins. That also rules out using the change machines at TD Bank branches.

  • reminds me of the T employee in boston a few years back who embezzled thousands of subway tokens…. tokens!

Comments are closed.