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Former Metro supervisor found guilty of theft

A former Metro call center supervisor was convicted Tuesday in Prince George’s County Circuit Court of two counts of felony theft, according to authorities.

Alfred Atanga, 50, of Bowie, had been arrested last summer for allegedly providing three employees with pay for hours they had not worked.

“Today we are sending a strong message that this kind of activity will not be tolerated at Metro,” agency Inspector General Helen Lew said in a statement.

Metro said in August that two employees and two former workers were arrested for theft and conspiracy to commit theft in connection with their jobs at the transit authority’s call center.

Authorities alleged that Atanga’s actions had benefited three customer information specialists: Lakisha Gardin; Empriss Jacobs and Keesha Richardson. Metro said the charges against Richardson was dismissed in exchange for her cooperation, and Gardin and Jacobs pleaded guilty earlier this year.

Authorities said Atanga submitted false timesheets for the employees that reflected ‘working overtine and double time that they did not work. As a result, Metro paid the employees $24,514.06 for hours they did not work, prosecutors said.

“This is an example of what will happen when a person who works for the public interest takes advantage of their position of authority,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said in a statement.

Prosecutors said Atanga faces up to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. He is scheduled for sentencing June 1 before Judge Larnzell Martin.



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