MTA worker charged with stealing $400K in bus fares

By Maria Glod
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 14, 2009; 5:00 PM

A Maryland Transit Administration worker has been charged with stealing $400,000 in bus fares, federal authorities said Monday.

David M. Pattawi, 36, of White Marsh worked as a fare box maintenance repairman beginning in 2006 and later as a radio communications technician. He was charged in federal court in Baltimore.

Pattawi had an electronic key that allowed him to open computerized fare boxes, according to court records. He is accused of stealing between January 2007 and March 2008.

Pattawi worked the night shift and was largely unsupervised, according to court documents. His job involved responding to problems with communications on buses and the light rail system, and he traveled around the Baltimore metropolitan area.

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