Two Metro employees were arrested and charged Wednesday with stealing thousands of dollars from fare machines.
According to the Washington Post, Metro employee Horace McDade and Metro Transit Police officer John Haile allegedly hid portions of collected fares under an overpass near the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Alexandria instead of bringing the money to a nearby collection facility.
It was McDade’s job to collect money from the fare machines at various subway stations in the Washington, D.C. metro area and take it to the Alexandria collection facility. Haile typically oversaw the collections and made sure the money was delivered in a safe manner.
But the employees made stops at the Alexandria overpass to hide some of the collected money before taking the rest to the Metro facility.
The Post reports that Haile used the money to purchase lottery tickets, and that he collected $63,000 in winnings over the last four years.
If convicted, McDade, of Bowie, Md., and Haile, of Woodbridge, Va., could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison.