Stephen P. Fagerberg, 55, is accused of stealing more than $ 450,000 from fee collection boxes
An employee of a transit company in Boston has been accused of pocketing more than $ 450,000 in bus fares.
Stephen P. Fagerberg, 55, of Dedham, had a job emptying bus fare boxes as an "automated fare technician" while working for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
But after emptying the boxes, it is alleged that he took the cash home, according to the attorney general's office.
Fagerberg was formally indicted by a Suffolk grand jury on two counts of theft for more than $ 1,200 in a continuous scheme.
Fagerberg seemed to have become greedy. After working for the transit agency for 12 years, he had worked his way up to a salary of $ 106,000.
His total pay was almost $ 106,000 last year, but he allegedly stole four times that amount
In June he was accused of allegedly stealing $ 80,000, but that total has now risen to $ 450,000.
The indictment alleges that Fagerberg was responsible for fixing and repairing fare collection boxes on MBTA buses in South Boston & # 39;.
He was finally captured after a covert operation that included the use of marked tickets.
Then, it was discovered that the money that was spent on the buses was deposited in his own bank account through an ATM, "added the attorney general.
He was arrested after a covert operation and trapped after the marked accounts were deposited in his personal bank account.
State police assigned to the GA office, the Massachusetts state police and the MBTA police collaborated on the case.
"The subsequent investigation of the GA office determined that Fagerberg allegedly stole more than $ 450,000 of MTBA rate boxes," AG added. The company now wants to recover all the money.
"The MBTA has initiated the disciplinary process to dismiss this employee and will work with the AG office to seek restitution," said T spokesman Joe Pesaturo. & # 39; The MBTA will also seek any available civil remedies to complete the Authority & # 39 ;.
Rate boxes will become obsolete in two years when cash is no longer accepted on buses and carts.