BART Employees Accused of Time Theft, Facing Charges and Investigation

BART Employees Accused of Time Theft, Facing Charges and Investigation

Three employees of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) are under investigation for allegedly engaging in time theft, as revealed by the BART Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on Monday. The employees, who claimed to be working 10-hour shifts, were found to have briefly reported for duty before leaving and spending a significant portion of their shifts at home. The investigation discovered that these individuals collected unearned base salary, shift pay, overtime, double time pay on holidays, paid pension benefits, and vacation accruals while not performing their assigned tasks.

The OIG report stated that the accused employees were not authorized for remote work and held positions that were not suitable for such arrangements. However, the specific job roles of the individuals were not disclosed.

The alleged payroll fraud resulted in a loss of $9,004, but the report suggests that the actual loss may be higher based on patterns and evidence. One of the accused employees retired upon being confronted by the BART Police Department, and charges were filed against them by the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office on November 3, 2023. The other two employees admitted to misconduct before BART police became involved, and their cases were referred to executive management.

To ensure accountability, the BART Office of the Inspector General recommended seeking restitution, adjusting the employees’ years-of-service with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), addressing the misconduct, and improving timekeeping controls.

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1 Response

  1. I find it concerning that three employees of BART are being investigated for time theft. It raises questions about the integrity and accountability of the employees within the organization. I would be interested to hear the author’s thoughts on how incidents like this impact public trust in public transportation systems and what measures can be taken to prevent such misconduct in the future.

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