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Eight LIRR drivers caught pocketing tickets: investigators

Eight other Long Island Rail Road drivers were caught pocketing train tickets after an investigation by the MTA Inspector General led to the arrest of a colleague, officials said Thursday .

IG and Suffolk County investigators saw the eight drivers neglecting to punch customer tickets or submit those tickets to the LIRR – but didn’t catch them trying to reuse pocketed passes , according to a report released Thursday.

They were arrested after investigators first probed Robert Anderson, 61, of West Islip – and caught him holding tickets instead of hitting them while on duty. He pleaded guilty on July 28 to official misconduct.

The other eight drivers are not facing criminal charges.

“Although the OIG did not find that the conductors took these tickets for personal gain like Anderson did,” the report says, “the OIG found that the conductors violated the agency policy designed to protect agency revenues and employees from allegations of fraud. “

Drivers are between four and 23 years old with the railroad, according to the report.

Confronted with investigators, the eight workers “could not explain why they handed some tickets to the agency and throwing away others,” the IG office said. “The drivers denied keeping customer tickets for personal use. “

An MTA official said the group had all received warning letters.
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IG Carolyn Pokorny recommended that the eight workers be “disciplined as the LIRR deems appropriate”.

An MTA official said the group had all received warning letters in their personal files, which could lead to further penalties.

“The LIRR expects the best performance from its train crew members and these drivers have been re-educated on the proper ticket collection procedures,” MTA spokesman Mike Cortez said in a statement. “Their actions do not represent the high levels of adherence to procedures of the vast majority of hardworking LIRR employees. “