This past April (1, 2, 3) , a few bad apples in the MTA blue collar bunch spoiled it for the rest when they were found to have committed sick/work time fraud. Unfortunately the bad habits have found its way to the Metro-North as 2 workers have been accused of work time fraud.
One of the workers was arrested yesterday while the other was suspended. Richard Liebson of LoHud.com has more:
A Metro-North Railroad track foreman from Peekskill has been arrested and a railroad vehicle operator from Buchanan suspended after MTA and state police investigators said both were claiming pay for hours that they never worked.
Lawrence Ohlmann, 31, of 1622 Boulevard, Peekskill was arrested on felony grand larceny charges and suspended without pay Wednesday after an investigation by the MTA Inspector General’s office and New York state police found that he’d punched in for as many as 250 hours that he did not work.
Authorities said Ohlmann would punch in at 8 a.m. and leave at 10 a.m., return at 2:30 p.m. and punch out at 4 p.m.
Kyle Cook, 28, of 219 Craft Lane, Buchanan, was also suspended after investigators said he claimed at least two days of pay for hours he did not work as a railroad vehicle operator. Baxter was not arrested, but faces disciplinary action.
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I find the alleged actions of these 2 workers to be completely unacceptable. Any worker participating in this kind of fraud should either be terminated or have to return the money they were fraudulently paid if not both. Workers like these are the ones who make the honest hard working ones be categorized as lazy, uneducated, & overpaid which is completely untrue.
xoxo Transit Blogger