VIENNA, Va. — Metro Transit Police have charged a northern Virginia station manager with embezzlement after they say he collected paper fare cards from riders and loaded credit onto SmarTrip cards to resell them.
Forty-four-year-old Kenneth Peters has worked for the transit system since 1999 but was suspended after his arrest last week. The arrest was first reported by WRC-TV.
Police say Peters allowed riders with insufficient credit on fare cards to leave the subway system without visiting add-fare machines. They say he would save the fare cards and transfer the small amount of credit onto SmarTrip cards “for the purpose of reselling them.” He allegedly accumulated nearly $500 in credits on the SmarTrip cards.
Authorities began an investigation after the Metro treasury department noticed unusual fare card transactions at the Vienna station.
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