MBTA worker repairing fare boxes now accused of stealing $450,000, authorities say
An MBTA employee tasked with repairing fare collection boxes allegedly used the T’s money like a personal ATM and is now accused of stealing $450,000 in cash from the financially-struggling agency, the state attorney general’s office said Thursday.
Stephen P. Fagerberg was arrested by State and Transit Police in June when the investigation at that point in time concluded that the Dedham resident had allegedly stolen $80,000 in cash from the T fare machines that are installed on buses and trolleys.
Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, which began investigating Fagerberg this April, said in a statement Thursday that the inquiry into Fagerberg’s alleged thefts has found evidence that he allegedly stole at least $450,000 in cash.
Fagerberg was indicted on a two counts of larceny over $1,200 in a continuing scheme. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on Oct. 11. He has previously pleaded not guilty to a similar charge in Roxbury Municipal Court and was released on personal recognizance.
According to state payroll records, the 55-year-old Fagerberg earned $69,437 last year, but has been paid as much as $93,360 in prior years. Fagerberg is an automated fare technician assigned to work at the T facility in South Boston repairing fare collection boxes, officials have said.
In a statement, the T said it was moving to fire Fagerberg.
“The MBTA has initiated the disciplinary process to terminate this employee and will work with the Attorney General’s office to seek restitution,’’ the statement read. “The MBTA will also pursue any available civil remedies to make the Authority whole.”
Authorities did not disclose how Fagerberg was able to remove the cash from the T facility, but they have discussed how they allegedly caught him stealing from the T. Police added marked bills to regular cash in fare boxes and tracked them down to a bank where he allegedly deposited the cash into accounts he controlled.
The T is moving to a ticketing system that does not use cash for buses and trolleys, but that system will not be in place for another two years.