MTA inspector general launches investigation following LIRR time clock 'sabotage'

Kimberly Dole
June 06, 2019 - 7:45 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS)-- Authorities discovered that one of their time clocks at Jamaica terminal was vandalized and a communication chord was cut.

The MTA attempted to crack down on overtime fraud by installing biometric time clocks that reads the fingerprints of LIRR workers as they clock in and clock out but recently found an ethernet cable had been cut.

In a statement Wednesday, MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny called the vandalism “shocking and unacceptable to learn that one of these devices has been sabotaged.”

LIRR workers union say authorities are jumping to conclusions, especially since the time clock wasn't even completely installed yet. 

Pokorny launched an investigation by the MTA’s Police Department and Inspector General’s Office to search for clues and a culprit.

“This office will have zero tolerance for any sabotaging of the equipment that is vital for ensuring the integrity of our timekeeping system,” Pokorny said. “I am directing our office to both work with the MTA Police to determine who performed this illegal act, and investigate whether this matter demands additional reforms and precautions across the LIRR system.”

This crackdown was propelled by a report that found the MTA’s top earner in 2018 was a track worker who made over $344,000 in overtime on top of his base salary of more than $117,000.

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