His luck ran out.
A outdated Contemporary York Metropolis bus operator is on the outs with the MTA after the authority’s inspector out of the ordinary caught him playing in Atlantic Metropolis on 90 events over three years while he turned into out of labor on paid clinical or family leave.
The driver, whom the IG’s location of enterprise declined to title, also visited Hershey Park in Pennsylvania right through one among his paid absences, the IG acknowledged. Altogether the motive force stole 824 hours of pay worth nearly $25,000, which he agreed to pay abet after getting caught.
“The Bus Operator admitted to the fraud and told the OIG that he has a playing dependancy. On the opposite hand, he acknowledged that he did no longer be conscious treatment until after he turned into contacted by the OIG for an interview,” the IG’s file launched Thursday acknowledged.
The unnamed operator is the third MTA employee uncovered this year for utilizing paid leave underneath the Household and Clinical Leave Act to gamble in Atlantic Metropolis. Investigators caught all three males utilizing records from Tropicana Resort and Casino.
Transit officers suspended the bus operator — who began at the MTA in 1996 — in May 2021 in response to the findings. He is now making an are attempting to retire, the file acknowledged.
“This bus operator violated the belief of his colleagues and the overall public by abusing the MTA’s Sick Leave policy,” MTA earn Kayla Shults acknowledged in an announcement. “The MTA takes this very seriously and the bus operator enthusiastic turned into suspended straight.”