Metro Transit Police said Friday that they charged a Metro station manager in Virginia with embezzlement. He is accused of taking paper fare cards with insufficient funds on them and transferring the funds to electronic SmarTrip cards with the intent to resell them.
Prince Egyir, 43, worked as a station manager in Virginia. Undercover transit police said that Egyir collected paper fare cards from riders “whose cards did not open the fare gates due to insufficient fare or other issues,” according to a Metro news release.
The paper fare cards still had some value on them, and Egyir would transfer the “value of [the cards] he collected onto SmarTrip cards for the purpose of reselling them.”
Egyir was arrested in Arlington when he was off-duty, according to Metro spokesman Dan Stessel. He has been employed with Metro since December 1999. He had 10 paper fare cards on him at the time of his arrest, Metro officials said.
Egyir was “immediately suspended” from his job and will “face internal charges that could result in termination,” Metro said. Stessel did not immediately know whether he was suspended with or without pay.
Stessel said the amount of money involved was more than $200.
Last year, two Metro employees were convicted of stealing thousands of dollars in coins paid by passengers to ride trains. They were dubbed the “Coin Thieves” for their scheme, in which they would stash bags of money and then pick them up when they got off work. Both men were sentenced to prison.