ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Two former Metro workers have pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing more than $400,000 in cash from fare card machines.

Horace McDade of Bowie, Md., and John Haile of Woodbridge entered their pleas on Monday afternoon. The two were arrested in January.

Prosecutors launched the investigation after getting reports that Haile routinely pulled up in a Jaguar to a store in Woodbridge with $500 bags of coins to buy lottery tickets. Lottery records show Haile had more than $60,000 in reportable winnings since 2008. The two were also caught on surveillance video hiding bags of coins underneath an overpass.

Prosecutors say they’re still combing through accounts and the amount of stolen cash could reach $600,000. Both men face up to 30 years in prison.

Their guilty pleas come on the same day Mary Ayers-Zander, a former employee of the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue, was sentenced to spend two and a half years in prison for stealing more than $400,000 in city money.

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